Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis

Where you receive breast cancer treatment matters

The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s Comprehensive Breast Cancer Care specialists are dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care for patients with breast cancer. 

  • Experienced
    We have the experience and expertise to provide the highest quality care. Our breast cancer specialists evaluate thousands of patients for breast cancer each year. 
  • Specialized 
    Our team of radiologists and pathologists specializes in diagnosing breast cancer. Their proficiency enables them to define the precise features of a patient’s tumor so that our cancer care teams can create a personalized treatment plan for each patient. 
  • Board-certified and fellowship-trained
    Our board-certified, fellowship-trained radiologists specialize in breast disease diagnosis and offer the most advanced technologies and techniques available in the Kansas City region. Our comprehensive breast imaging services combine the latest techniques for noninvasive imaging with compassionate patient care.  

Comprehensive diagnosis 

Our team of breast radiologists and pathologists specializes in diagnosing breast cancer. Their proficiency enables them to define the precise features of a patient’s tumor so that our cancer care teams can create a personalized treatment plan for each patient. 

Together, radiologists, pathologists, breast oncology surgeons, breast medical oncologists and radiation oncologists determine whether additional tests are needed for a definitive diagnosis. This multidisciplinary team develops the best course of treatment based on your tumor and your needs.  

Diagnostic imaging

We offer the following diagnostic imaging tools to evaluate breast tissue: 

  • American College of Radiology Accredited Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging FacilityMammogram
    X-ray images of the breast. We use digital mammograms, which provide a clear two-dimensional image highlighting unusual structures, such as calcifications or masses, which may need further evaluation. 

  • Tomosynthesis
    3D digital imaging that uses compression and X-rays. 3D mammograms make it possible for radiologists to detect the difference between cancerous and noncancerous breast tissue, especially in patients with dense breasts. Patients are spared the false-positive readings and being called back for additional tests that can happen with 2D mammograms. 

  • Ultrasound
    Used to determine if a suspicious area is fluid-filled or solid. If the area is solid, a biopsy can be used to rule out cancer. 

  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
    Used when ultrasound does not definitively determine whether an abnormality found on a diagnostic mammogram is solid. 

  • Whole breast screening ultrasound
    This type of ultrasound helps evaluate dense breast tissue and patients at a higher risk for breast cancer in conjunction with mammography. 

  • Learn more about breast imaging

Biopsy

If diagnostic imaging tests indicate a breast abnormality, you may require a breast biopsy. Biopsy involves removing a small sample of tissue through one of several techniques. The choice of technique depends on the location and quality of the tissue to be examined. 

Biopsy techniques include: 

  • Core needle biopsy
    Used to obtain a larger tissue sample for a definitive diagnosis. Procedure requires local anesthesia and involves withdrawing a thin cylinder from the suspicious area using a hollow needle. 

  • Fine needle aspiration
    Procedure involves inserting a very thin needle into the suspicious area of the breast to aspirate fluid and cells for examination by a pathologist.

  • Image-guided core needle biopsy
    Because it is often impossible to locate a suspicious area through touch, our radiologists use ultrasound, stereotactic (mammographic) imaging or MRI to guide tissue removal using a hollow needle. These are minimally invasive, highly accurate procedures that offer faster healing. 

  • Surgical biopsy
    When imaging and biopsy techniques don’t provide enough information to diagnose or rule out breast cancer, surgery may be required to remove all or part of a suspicious mass. 

After tissue samples are collected, they are examined by pathologists who specialize exclusively in breast cancer. The pathologist’s findings are critical to determining the best treatment for your cancer. They work closely with your care team, providing consultation to specialists.

Contact

To make an appointment 
Call: 913-588-1227
Toll free call: 844-323-1227 

Referring physicians
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Toll free call: 877-588-5862


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