According to the American Cancer Society, 211,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to occur among women in the United States in 2005, making it the most frequently diagnosed cancer, other than skin cancer, among women.
Mammography is a valuable tool in the early detection of breast because it can help identify cancer in its early stages. The Mammography Department at Atlanta Medical Center is staffed by trained technicians and board certified physicians. Our mammography unit is accredited by the American College of Radiology and certified by the FDA.
The Mammography Department uses some of the latest breast biopsy techniques that are minimally invasive and allow patients to resume their normal activities sooner than with traditional methods. We offer the Advanced Breast Biopsy Instrumentation (ABBI) and the Mammotome Breast Biopsy System. Both of these procedures are performed under local anesthesia in our Same Day Surgery Center.
The Mammography Department is committed to educating the community about breast self examinations, prevention and early detection of breast cancer.
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Nuclear medicine is used to look at changes inside your organs including what's happening inside the cells. Nuclear medicine allows doctors to see inside your body without surgery. It can be used to help diagnose diseases like cancer in its earlier stages and to see how treatments are working. Nuclear medicine also can be used to treat diseases including certain cancers.
Nuclear medicine uses special medicines that are attached to a small amount of radioactive material (radioisotopes). There are many different types of these special medicines. The type used depends on your condition.
The nuclear medicines can be swallowed, injected or inhaled. You'll only be given a small amount of the radioactive medicine. Once in your body, the special medicine goes to the specific part of the body being studied. From there it gives off radiation, known as gamma rays that are like X-rays. A special camera sees those gamma rays and gives the nuclear medicine physician a look at what's happening inside your body.
While having radioactive materials inside your body may sound scary, these special medicines are tested carefully and approved for use by the FDA. The amount given is very small. Your risk of reactions is very small, and more than half of the reactions are rashes. Your exposure to radiation during the procedure is very low and poses little to no risk.
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One of the tools in the fight against cancer is radiation therapy which uses external or internal radiation to help shrink or destroy tumors. Radiation therapy uses beams of energy waves or particle streams called radiation. While these are similar to the radiation used for X-rays, the beams used to treat cancer are many times stronger.
This type of treatment is planned so that the radiation is focused on the tumor site. Ionizing radiation deposits energy that destroys the cells in the area being treated. In this process, the genetic material of the cells can be damaged so that the cells may not continue to grow. Some of the normal cells in the treatment area are affected.
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