Breast Health Diagnostics & Procedures
With Hospital affiliated physicians and staff designated solely to the Center for Breast Health, we are committed to offering women a comprehensive and caring approach.
Find out more about the services offered at the Center below:
A mammogram or ultrasound can locate an irregular area, but can not tell whether the area is cancerous. A breast biopsy will remove cells and/or small pieces of tissue. Looking at suspicious tissue under the microscope, the doctor is able to see details that tell if the area is cancerous or benign. Most breast biopsies turn out to be normal; about 80% of breast biopsies show benign tissue.
The Center for Breast Health offers state of the art technology for breast biopsy techniques. Our radiologists work with your primary care provider to ensure the most accurate and least invasive method of biopsy is planned. Our staff will guide you through every step, answering all your questions and making sure you receive prompt and timely care.
Breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a highly sophisticated test that uses a strong magnet and radio frequency waves to produce pictures of the breast. This exam does not use radiation to obtain an image. MRI can be used to detect the possibility of breast cancer that cannot be seen by mammography and/or ultrasound alone. It can also be used to detect the spread of breast cancer.
Breast MRI requires a physician referral. If you feel you are at high risk of developing breast cancer and are interested in MRI, talk to your primary care provider or call the Center for Breast Health at (603) 580-6867.
Breast ultrasound is a painless exam using high frequency sound waves to make a picture of the internal structures of the breast. This test does not use radiation. Ultrasounds are typically used to better see abnormalities found on a mammogram, and help to distinguish features, such as a fluid or solid. Ultrasound is a helpful tool in diagnosing breast lumps.
The American College of Radiology does not recommend ultrasound as a screening tool to detect breast cancer. It is best used to clarify areas of question found on a mammogram.
Breast ultrasound requires a physician referral.
Mammography can find a breast cancer long before it can be felt, making it the best method for breast cancer screening.
Our board certified radiologists are on site Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., so women have the opportunity to have their questions answered directly.
Call (603)580-6966, to book your appointment at Exeter Hospital, or have your mammogram at one of our off-site locations:
Plaistow Health, 214 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, NH
Hampton Health, 879 Lafayette Road, Hampton, NH
Lamprey Health Care, Route 27, Raymond, NH
Lamprey Health Care, S. Main Street, Newmarket, NH
Epping Regional Health Center, 212 Calef Highway, Epping, NH
Real Time Results - Why wait? We'll have your mammogram read by the Radiologist and you'll know the results before leaving the imaging center.
Standard Notification - In most cases, your mammogram will be read within a day or two of your screening and your healthcare provider will receive the results a day or two later.
To make your mammogram appointment, call the Centralized Scheduling Department at (603) 580-6966.