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"Early detection saves lives. The earlier a breast cancer is caught, the better the chance of successful treatment. Augusta University breast specialists recommend that, after age 40, you have a mammogram every year so we can catch cancers when they are small and cure is possible."

-Dr. Michelle Lee, MD
Chief of Breast Imaging at AU Health

"Early detection saves lives. The earlier a breast cancer is caught, the better the chance of successful treatment. Augusta University breast specialists recommend that, after age 40, you have a mammogram every year so we can catch cancers when they are small and cure is possible."

-Dr. Michelle Lee, MD
Chief of Breast Imaging at AU Health

Why Choose Augusta University Breast Health Center

ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence accreditation

At Augusta University Health, we are proud to offer outstanding breast imaging services at two locations - the Breast Health Center, which is recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, and AU Health Imaging. Both centers are accredited by the American College of Radiology, so, if you are looking for amazing teams who will partner with you in all aspects of breast health, come see us first.

Our Locations

Downtown, at our Augusta University Medical Center location, you'll know us by the Breast Health Center's signature “pink columns”. Here, we offer comprehensive care for all your breast health needs, including routine breast mammograms, biopsies, genetic and DEXA screenings, as well as breast cancer care.

At AU HeaIth Imaging, we offer a wide range of imaging services that include mammograms, biopsies, and bone density screenings. AU Health Imaging also makes getting a mammography easy, you simply walk in for one, no appointment needed! 

Patients come to AU Health because we offer:

  • The most advanced imaging technologies available, including 3D mammography.
  • Evaluation by board-certified, fellowship-trained breast radiologists - no other hospital or center in Augusta, Georgia can offer this. In fact, other area hospitals refer their patients to us because of our level of expertise.
  • Breast specialists with the highest levels of training to perform breast biopsies.
  • The only dedicated, fellowship-trained breast surgeons in the area.
  • Collaboration with the Georgia Cancer Center, located right here on the AU Health campus, to achieve the best outcomes for our patients.
  • NAPBC Accredited Breast Center designation by the American College of Surgeons. This is awarded to medical centers that offer the most advanced breast cancer diagnostic and treatment options.

NAPBC Accredited Breast Center by the American College of Surgeons

Every woman. Every year. We recommend annual screenings/mammograms every year starting at age 40. We also provide osteoporosis screenings and referrals for high-risk breast patients to a genetic counselor for a consultation.

Breast Imaging

When it comes to breast services, our center has pursued the highest levels of accreditation to let our patients know that we take their breast health as seriously as they do. We hold accreditations in mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and stereotactic breast biopsy, providing you with the highest standards of care available.

ACR Breast Mammography AccreditationACR Breast Ultrasound AccreditationACR Breast MRI AccreditationACR Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Accreditation

Mammograms

Our Breast Health Center was the first in Augusta, Georgia to use the 3D digital mammography system. We use this technology on all our patients as it provides the best images of the breast, allowing us to pick up the earliest signs of cancer.  Mammograms are read by our breast radiologists, whose advanced training and years of experience enables them to see what other radiologists might not recognize as early-stage cancer. We offer:

  • 3D Screening Mammograms: Performed annually to look for early signs of cancer
  • 3D Diagnostic Mammograms: If an area of concern is found, a diagnostic mammogram will be done to get a closer look.
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What is 3D Mammography

Other types of breast imaging include:

  • Breast ultrasound: Sound waves are sent through the breast to evaluate for cancer. 
  • Breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): Breast MRI is used in high-risk patients or those with a new breast cancer diagnosis.

Biopsy Services

Every biopsy procedure is performed with our patients’ needs in mind and always includes the little things, like providing you with a warm blanket or a reassuring hand to hold.  Breast biopsies are carried out by highly trained breast specialists using the latest technology to increase accuracy and comfort. We perform:

  • Ultrasound biopsies
  • Stereotactic biopsies
  • MRI biopsies

Other Services

Bone Health Screening

Osteoporosis is a condition where bones lose their density and become more prone to breaks. As you age, osteoporosis becomes more common. Our center recommends Bone Densitometry Screening (or DEXA screening) to determine if osteoporosis is present and how it is affecting you.  Screenings are key to preventing major bone loss, and if low bone density is found, your doctor can help you to slow its progression through exercise and medications.

Genetic Counseling Referrals

Every woman should have an assessment to determine their lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.  High-risk women require more intensive, and often earlier, screening and may be eligible for preventive measures. Ask your technologist to help you find out your risk today. If you are found to be at increased risk for breast cancer, we will refer you to a high-risk specialist for genetic counseling and personalized care.

At AU Health, our Breast Health Nurse Navigators are your partner. They will be with you throughout your entire breast care journey, whether you need a biopsy or have concerns that you are at a higher-risk for breast cancer, they will:

  • Work with you and the doctors to develop a personalized plan based on your needs.
  • Schedule appointments with our breast specialists.
  • Prepare you for your biopsy.
  • Educate you about what to expect over the coming weeks or months, let you know when to expect results, and explain what your results mean.
  • Follow up with you after biopsy to see how you are doing and answer questions.
  • Schedule and set up screenings with genetic counselors.
  • Talk to you about survivorship.
 

Our Providers

Augusta University Medical Center specialists provide care and support throughout your entire healthcare journey.

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