Breast Screening and Diagnostic Imaging
Whether you need a routine mammogram or additional tests for a breast cancer diagnosis, the USC Breast Center is your partner in care. Using the latest diagnostic technology, our radiologists are experts at finding breast cancer.
- 3-D mammogram
- Breast biopsy
- Breast cancer diagnosis
- Breast imaging research
- Breast imaging specialists
- Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Breast ultrasound
- Diagnostic mammogram
- Early detection
- Screening mammogram
Breast imaging experts
Radiologists play a critical role in detecting cancer — that’s why it’s important to know that the person who is reading your breast mammogram, ultrasound or MRI is a highly trained expert. Not only have all of our radiologists completed specialized training in breast or women’s imaging, but they are also teaching the next generation of breast imagers.
This expertise has helped us earn an American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation, reflecting the highest level of imaging quality and safety.
3-D mammogram technology
Research shows that screening mammography has a significant impact on survival, increasing the chance of detecting early stage breast cancer and decreasing the chance of dying from it.
Mammogram technology has evolved over the decades, with each advancement bringing better image resolution and precision. The most recent leap forward is 3-D mammography, or tomosynthesis. By allowing radiologists to look at multiple pictures of the breast at several different angles, 3-D mammograms can help them better identify cancer and reduce the number of false positives. All of our mammography equipment has 3-D capabilities.*
A suite of tools for diagnosing breast cancer
For women who need additional testing for breast cancer, we offer high-resolution breast ultrasound and MRI. Ultrasound can be used to complement mammography, especially in women with dense breasts, while breast MRI can help clarify findings on a mammogram or ultrasound. Learn more about these imaging techniques »
If needed, our radiologists can perform a biopsy guided by mammogram, ultrasound or MRI. When breast cancers found by imaging require surgical biopsy, our radiologists will expertly place markers — either a very thin wire, known as wire localization, or a wireless radioactive seed — in the precise area that the breast surgeon needs to biopsy.
Improving breast cancer detection through research
As a National Cancer Institute–designated comprehensive cancer center, research is at the core of what we do. Our radiologists are active researchers, leading the effort to find even better ways to detect breast cancer. Learn about our breast cancer research »
Find a mammogram location near you
* Not all health insurers cover 3-D mammography. Please contact your insurer to find out about your coverage.
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