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The Breast Center at Hattiesburg Clinic is a premiere breast imaging provider for South Mississippi. The Breast Center offers a private, comfortable setting to meet the special needs of women for their breast screening and diagnostic examinations. The Breast Center is committed to providing the latest, most comprehensive breast care for women.

Distinctions

  • Only facility in Mississippi to be considered a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
  • One of three facilities in Mississippi to be accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for stereotactic biopsy
  • Accredited by the ACR for digital mammography
  • Only one of two facilities in Mississippi to be ACR accredited in breast ultrasound
  • Only facility in the state to be accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Magnetic Resonance Laboratories (ICAMRL) for dedicated breast MRI

The Breast Center is staffed by a team of radiological technologists, who are registered in mammography, ultrasound, and densitometry.

Location:

421 South 28th Avenue
28th Place – Suite 100
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Phone: 601-268-5744
Directions

Hours:

Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Services:

  • Digital mammography
  • Breast tomosynthesis
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Dedicated breast MRI
  • Bone densitometry
  • Ultrasound guided biopsy
  • MRI guided breast biopsy
  • Sterotactic biopsy

Features:

  • Mississippi’s first and only Aurora® Dedicated Breast MRI System
  • Private lockers and changing areas
  • Women-only relaxation and waiting area
  • Spa robes for comfort
  • Convenient parking

Digital Mammography

The Breast Center is one of the first facilities in South Mississippi to offer digital mammography. Like traditional mammography, digital mammography is a screening tool used to detect breast cancer. Images are stored and retrieved electronically, eliminating the time needed for the development of film. Digital mammograms also give a much clearer, sharper image that can be easily enhanced.

Facts about digital mammography:

  • Images provide more detail and better clarity.
  • Digital images can be easily manipulated.
  • Technicians have the ability to see immediately if the captured image is satisfactory.
  • The need to take multiple exposures is reduced.
  • Images can quickly and easily be sent to another location.

ACS Recommendations

The American Cancer Society recommends women over the age of 40 have a routine mammogram once a year. Mammograms can detect abnormalities in the breast even before they can be felt by a clinical breast exam, enabling doctors to catch diseases at their earliest stages and reducing the risk of dying from breast cancer by 30 percent.

Breast Ultrasound

A breast ultrasound is typically used to further examine an abnormality found on a mammogram and can determine the presence of cysts or solid lumps. Both may require further testing. Breast ultrasounds are also used to examine women who have dense breasts and to examine the chest wall, which is not examined during a routine mammogram screening.

Ultrasounds do not use X-ray radiation. During an ultrasound, a small unit called a transducer is rolled over the breast area. The transducer emits sound waves that create a picture (sonogram) of the area.

Bone Densitometry

Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens the bones and causes them to become more susceptible to fractures. This occurs more commonly in women over the age of 50; however, men can also develop the condition. Bone densitometry measures the thickness of your bones and evaluates the likelihood of fractures and breakages. This is done through a low dose X-ray that determines the bone mineral density.

Dedicated Breast MRI

Hattiesburg Clinic is the only facility in Mississippi that offers the Aurora® Dedicated Breast MRI System. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) utilizes both magnetic and radio waves to create a detailed image of the body. Unlike conventional whole body MRI systems, the Aurora® Dedicated Breast MRI System is designed specifically for breast imaging.

When used in conjunction with conventional X-ray mammography, breast MRI can provide valuable information for the detection and characterization of breast disease. Breast MRI produces hundreds of images of the breast from side-to-side, top-to-bottom and front-to-back, allowing the technologists and radiologist to see inside your body from any angle with great clarity.

Breast MRI is useful for:

  • Screening women with a high risk of breast cancer
  • Determining the severity of breast cancer
  • Monitoring cancer therapy
  • Evaulating the integrity of breast implants

Appointments are available at The Breast Center Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please call your physician to schedule an appointment.