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Carolina Breast & Oncologic Surgery is proud to be fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

 

About the NAPBC...

The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with breast diseases. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. The NAPBC board is comprised of professionals from 15 national organizations reflecting the full spectrum of breast care. Carolina Breast has voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of performance by the NAPBC. During the process, our center has demonstrated compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women diagnosed with the

full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. A breast center achieving NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease, offering:

Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services
A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
Information about new treatment options

And, most importantly, Quality breast care close to home.

To learn more, please visit www.accreditedbreastcenters.org

Breast Ultrasound

A breast ultrasound is a safe, painless, and effective tool to provide a greater level of detail in the diagnosis of breast cancer. Using ultrasound techniques very similar to the ones used in obstetric visits, they help providers capture real-time images of the structure and blood flow in the breast. During the exam, the sonographer or physician performing the test will be evaluating the blood flow or lack of blood flow in any breast mass. This information may be able to provide additional information as to the cause of the mass.


Common uses of the procedure


Determine the nature of the mass or abnormality – this is the primary use of a breast ultrasound, to help diagnose abnormalities that were discovered during a physical exam and help characterize abnormalities discovered during a mammography or MRI. An ultrasound helps provide a noninvasive option to determine whether or not an abnormality is cancerous or not.

Supplemental breast cancer screening –When a mammogram doesn’t quite give the level of detail a physician needs to make a decision about an abnormality, they may suggest using an ultrasound as a supplemental screening option.

Ultrasound guided breast biopsy –When an ultrasound reveals a suspicious abnormality, a physician may chose to perform an ultrasound-guided biopsy. Because the ultrasound provides real-time images of the area, it can be used to guide the procedure, leading to a greater level of precision with the biopsy.

If you’ve had a mammography that revealed a suspicious abnormality, or if your primary care physician noticed a lump during your physical exam, contact us today and let’s discuss your options for additional screening and diagnostic examinations. It’s these kinds of tools that allow us to work together to find your personalized treatment plan, and it’s these kinds of measures that we use to help change the conversation about breast cancer treatment in Greenville and surrounding counties in eastern North Carolina.