Breast CT Scan

A mammogram or annual breast screening procedure may be painful for many women. At the Women’s Medical Center at Brookwood, we offer Breast CT, an innovative technology that does not involve breast compression. This technology can deliver 3D images of breast tissue within 7 seconds per breast. Breast CT is a new procedure offering and requires a doctor's order before a patient can take advantage of this option.

If a previous mammogram report or clinical breast exam suggests any of the following, please refer your patient for low-dose Breast CT:

  • Indeterminate mammograms due to breast density
  • Abnormal findings such as scars or asymmetries from previous exams
  • Patient has been called back for a follow-up breast imaging exam

Order this exam for your patients if they have any of the following:

  • History of breast cancer
  • Family history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • Biopsy showing benign mass or fibroadenoma
  • Previous imaging showing micro or pleomorphic calcifications
  • Implant removal or planning
  • Experienced any of these signs or symptoms:
    • Abscess
    • Implant rupture or risk of rupture
    • Lump
    • Nipple changes
    • Nipple discharge
    • Pain
    • Swelling
    • Thickening

A patient with the following MRI contraindications may be referred for Breast CT instead:

  • Claustrophobia from MRI imaging
  • Compromised renal function
  • Has a metal implant
  • Concerns about gadolinium retention in the brain
  • Indeterminate MRI results due to background parenchymal enhancement (BPE)

With your recommendation, we strive to provide a better and less painful experience. Scheduling for our Breast CT procedure will begin in December. For more information, please call the Brookwood Women's Diagnostic Center at 205-877-2254.

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