Breast Imaging

The purpose of breast imaging and screenings are to find breast cancers early. Emory’s Breast Imaging Center utilizes the latest ultrasound technology to perform mammograms that are able to detect breast cancer up to two years before it can be felt by self-examination.

Under the expert leadership of Michael Cohen, MD, Emory’s Breast Imaging Center provides highly skilled board-certified radiologists experienced in mammography and breast procedures. Our breast radiologists conduct mammography examinations, ultrasounds, as well as, non-surgical interventional procedures. They are also responsible for communicating screening results, diagnoses management, and treatment plans, to you and your physician.

Call 404-778-7465 to make an appointment at one of our Breast Imaging Center locations. 

Key Procedures

Mammography uses an X-ray to detect early breast cancers. While under compression the breasts are imaged in multiple planes. Compression of the breasts helps to show subtle abnormalities and decreases the dose of radiation to the breasts. Check out our mammogram information page for more information on screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms and 3D mammography.

Breast Ultrasound
Breast ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of the internal structures of the breast to visualize breast cysts, nodules or lymph nodes. Although breast ultrasound is an excellent focused breast exam, it is not appropriate for screening and cannot be substituted for mammography.

Cyst Aspiration
Usually diagnosed with ultrasound, cysts are fluid collections in the breast. Occasionally, if a cyst is very large or painful, aspiration of the cyst is requested. Following administration of local anesthesia, a small needle is used to drain fluid from the cyst. The procedure takes about 10 minutes.

Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration
Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration uses ultrasound to locate a problem area, followed by insertion of a small-gauge needle to area to withdraw cells for pathologic evaluation.

Ultrasound-Guided Core Biopsy
An ultrasound-guided core biopsy is another method of sampling abnormal breast tissue. Following the administration of local anesthesia, a small needle is placed in the abnormal tissue and several samples of tissue are removed and sent to the laboratory for analysis. The procedure usually takes between 30 to 45 minutes.

Stereotactic Core Biopsy
A stereotactic core biopsy is an outpatient procedure used to sample abnormal tissue identified on a mammogram. During the procedure, the breast is compressed similar to a mammogram. Following local anesthesia, a small nick is made in the skin of the breast and a needle is inserted to obtain multiple samples of breast tissue for laboratory analysis. The entire procedure takes between 30 and 40 minutes.

Breast MRI
A new technology that provides additional information in conjunction with mammography and ultrasound.

MR-Guided Biopsy
Uses magnetic resonance imaging to guide a needle into the breast tissue for sampling.

A ductogram is used to evaluate certain types of nipple discharge. A very tiny catheter is inserted into the duct and contrast is infused into the duct. The contrast helps to identify abnormalities within the duct. Mammographic images of the duct are then obtained. The procedure takes thirty to sixty minutes.

Breast Needle Localization
Needle localization is performed prior to breast surgery; needle localization is necessary when the surgeon is unable to feel the breast abnormality. A small needle is placed into the area of abnormality. After the radiologist is certain that the needle is in the correct position, a wire is placed through the needle. Mammographic images are then obtained and sent to the operating room with the patient.

Breast Wire/ Dye Localization
Breast wire/dye localization involves the insertion of wire into a problem area followed by the injection of dye to guide and mark the area for removal.

Locations & Contact Us

Breast Imaging services are available at:

Emory University Hospital
1365 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30322

Emory University Hospital Midtown
550 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Grady Memorial Hospital
80 Jesse Hill, Jr Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital
5673 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30342

Emory Johns Creek Hospital
6325 Hospital Pkwy, Johns Creek, GA 30097

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