Talking Health- Contrast-Enhanced Mammography with Dr. Gaelyn Scuderi
Dr. Gaelyn Scuderi, Diagnostic Radiologist and Director of Imaging at Ackerman Cancer Center, joined WJXT this morning to discuss Contrast-Enhanced Mammography (CEM). We are the first and only comprehensive breast center in Amelia Island to offer CEM, a diagnostic procedure that is especially beneficial to women with dense breasts or who are at high risk of breast cancer.
What is CEM?
- CEM is a cutting-edge technology that permits evaluation of breast tissue for signs of early breast cancer, with a high degree of sensitivity. CEM has been shown to be significantly more sensitive to early breast cancer detection than traditional 2D or 3D mammography, more sensitive than breast ultrasound, and has a sensitivity and specificity similar to breast MRI.
- CEM is similar to a traditional mammogram, but delivers higher sensitivity by utilizing a contrast-dye medium, which is a substance that is injected into the bloodstream and highlights any abnormalities in the breast tissue. The contrast-enhanced mammogram is performed two minutes after the dye has been injected.
CEM Candidate Qualifications
- Patients with dense breast tissue
- Patients with a personal history of cancer
- Patients with a family history of breast cancer
- Patients at a high risk for breast cancer
- Patients with palpable breast lumps
How do you schedule a CEM?
- CEM is a diagnostic service, therefore you must have a physician referral. Speak with your healthcare provider to see which mammography option is right for you.
While CEM is a breakthrough service for women at higher risk and with dense breast tissue, 2D or 3D mammograms are still imperative in early breast cancer detection.
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