Interventional and diagnostic radiologist, Dr. Peter Schoub says that on average one in eight women will develop breast cancer.
This is why regular, accurate and reliable imaging can help save lives through early identification and treatment, and it seems Parklane Radiology may now be the best place to get reliable breast imaging.
dr. Schoub and the team at Parklane Radiology’s Women’s Wellness Center, opposite Netcare Park Lane Hospital have been recognized by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for their hard work building a service that meets rigorous international standards in this important discipline, making Parklane Radiology the first and only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence in Africa.
The requirements of the ACR process for accreditation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) encompass all breast imaging modalities, including breast MRI, mammography, stereotactic biopsy and breast ultrasound.
Parklane therefore had to demonstrate a high degree of proficiency in each of these types of imaging in order to qualify for the 3-year accreditation.
The evaluation of each modality by the ACR includes criteria for technical aspects related to the equipment and its calibration to produce accurate and detailed images, as well as the qualifications and skills of the radiographers, radiologists, operators and technicians.
Parklane Radiology received accreditation for breast MRI in 2017, mammography in 2018, stereotactic biopsy in 2019 and finally for ultrasound in 2021.
Detect breast cancer early
dr. Schoub says: “For women at higher risk of developing breast cancer, MRI is particularly helpful in detecting aggressive cancers at an earlier stage. These scans are also useful for determining the stage of newly diagnosed breast cancer, as well as further invasive examination where a mammogram and ultrasound are inconclusive.”
If a mammogram shows abnormal tissue, other types of imaging may be needed to make a diagnosis and provide more clarity on the path to follow to treat the condition.
According to Dr. Schoub, “Breast ultrasound is an additional screening mammogram that can distinguish fluid-filled cysts from solid lumps.” The latest ultrasound equipment used at Parklane Radiology can also tell if a lump biopsy is needed.
When an abnormality is visible on a mammogram and cannot be felt on physical examination or on ultrasound, it should be targeted for biopsy using the mammogram equipment as a guideline.
Known as a stereotactic biopsy, this procedure is essential for the diagnosis of cancers detected on mammograms and is sensitive enough to detect the small structures of ductal carcinoma in situ.
dr. Schoub says that while self-examination is still important, more than half of breast cancers cannot be detected by self-examination, which is why annual mammograms are recommended for women over the age of 40.