Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Procedures & Treatments
A screening mammogram is an x-ray of the breast used to detect and evaluate breast changes, and find problems that you or your doctor may not feel. If you are 40 or older and in good health, you should have a screening mammogram every year.
A diagnostic mammogram is an x-ray exam done to evaluate a breast problem, such as a lump, nipple discharge or pain. This test may also be recommended if something abnormal was found on your screening mammogram.
A breast ultrasound is a diagnostic test that uses high-frequency sound waves to take pictures of the body. This test may be used, in addition to mammography, for supplementary screening of high-risk patients or those with dense breasts.
A breast MRI uses magnets and radio waves to produce detailed, cross-sectional images of the breast. This test is recommended annually by the American Cancer Society for supplementary screening if you are at high-risk for breast cancer.
If a mammogram or other imaging method shows an abnormal area in your breast, a biopsy may be recommended. If a need for a biopsy arises, our specialists are able to perform a biopsy using stereotactic mammography, ultrasound, or MRI guidance.