Early detection of cancer increases the number of treatment options available and the potential for a cure. Simply put, it saves lives. That’s why Kingwood Medical Center is committed to bringing high-quality breast and diagnostic screening services to the women of northeast Houston.
Our comprehensive approach goes beyond simply performing mammograms-we focus on measuring risk. Most women are in a low-risk category for breast cancer and an annual mammogram is sufficient for screening. Other women have an elevated lifetime risk (because of a family history or personal medical history) and are best served by a combination of Breast MRI and annual mammography. We do not simply perform mammograms-we educate patients about how they can avoid or fight breast cancer for themselves and their families.
Mammogram scheduling is efficient and easy. Please call 281-348-8281 or click here to request an appointment for your next mammogram. We have appointments for screening mammograms available Monday through Friday 8 am - 5 pm.
When Should Screening Begin?
All women should begin screening mammograms at age 40, but those with a family history of breast, colon, and ovarian or uterine cancer may need earlier or more frequent exams. At Kingwood Medical Center, our breast care experts will work alongside your physician to determine the specific tests and frequency of screenings that are right for you.
We follow guidelines promoted by the American Cancer Society, the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging.
Breast cancer will affect one in eight women (on average) during her lifetime. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. Appropriate screening is the best tool for the early detection and effective treatment of breast cancers.
Screening Services at Kingwood Breast Center
The Breast Center at Kingwood Medical Center offers a full range of breast imaging and related tests for the diagnosis and treatment of cancers in women.
Full Field Digital Mammography
Let’s face it: No woman looks forward to her mammogram. But, with our advanced technology and compassionate team at the Breast Center at Kingwood Medical Center, we strive to make your mammogram experience as comfortable as possible.
Full field digital mammography uses low dose radiation to capture an electronic image on a high-resolution screen. A radiologist who specializes in breast imaging then reviews that image and reports findings to both you and your Physician.
Mammograms can be used for screening (for patients with no symptoms), as a diagnostic tool (for patients with breast symptoms), or as a way to monitor breast treatments.
This test uses sound waves to produce an image of breast tissue. It is most commonly used following a mammogram to evaluate a specific area of concern. The American Cancer Society does NOT recommend its use alone as a screening tool (e.g., instead of a mammogram).
Like all MRIs, a breast MRI uses a magnetic field to create detailed images. Combining a mammogram with a breast MRI is the most complete method of breast imaging available. That is why it has become the standard of care for women at high risk of breast cancer, including those who have a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancers.
Stereotactic and Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsies
These advanced techniques allow the physicians at Kingwood Medical Center to quickly and accurately get samples of breast tissue for evaluation. Stereotactic biopsy uses a combination of mammography and minimally invasive techniques to get samples of tiny calcifications or spots in the breast. Ultrasound guided biopsy enables surgeons to get a sample of breast tissue as small as your fingernail with high accuracy.
Both procedures are offered on an outpatient basis at the Breast Center at Kingwood Medical Center.
BRACAnalysis® (Breast Cancer BRCA Gene Testing)
There are two gene mutations (abnormalities) that put women at very high risk of developing cancer: BRCA1 and BRCA2. People with a mutation in either gene have risks up to 87% for developing breast cancer and up to 44 percent for developing ovarian cancer by age 70.
BRACAnalysis® is a buccal test using saliva as the sample that can determine if a person has these gene mutations. It can also be performed as an oral rinse or a blood test. Making decisions based on BRCA gene testing can be a complex and emotional process. The team at The Breast Center at Kingwood Medical Center helps patients through this process with expertise and compassion.
The experts at The Breast Center at Kingwood Medical help you understand your test results and treatment options, as well as coordinating with your physician and care team.
Bone Density Testing
Bone density testing is available for both men and women of all ages and helps determine the risk for osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become fragile and break easily. It can occur at any age, in both men and women, but is more common later in life. There are treatments to slow down the bone loss that leads to osteoporosis. Therefore, early detection is critical to lessening the impact it can have on overall health and quality of life.
Meet Our Radiologist Breast Specialist
At the Breast Center at Kingwood Medical Center, all tests are examined by our breast-imaging specialist, Diagnostic Radiologist Chirag Parghi, M.D.
Dr. Parghi is a board-certified radiologist who received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, and completed his residency at George Washington University in Washington, DC.
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