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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

June 11 2012

Purvi Ruiz
Phone: 281-737-2512

MRI-Guided Biopsy Now Available at
Methodist Willowbrook Breast Center

(Houston, TX) — The Methodist Willowbrook Breast Center now offers patients MRI-guided biopsy, an advanced method of obtaining samples from lesions that cannot be detected via mammogram or ultrasound.

According to the National Cancer Institute, 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Survival rates have steadily increased over the last two decades, due in part to technology that allows the cancer to be found and treated early.

One of those technologies is MRI-guided biopsy, which uses magnetic resonance images to guide a biopsy needle to the exact location of a suspicious lesion so that a sample can be removed and examined.

Dr. Tuenchit Khamapirad, Medical Director of the Breast Center, has a background that has made her uniquely skilled at detecting breast cancer. "When it comes to successfully fighting breast cancer," notes Dr. Khamapirad, "early detection and treatment are essential. MRI and MRI-guided breast biopsy can now be used in coordination with other diagnostic exams such as mammography and breast ultrasound to detect and diagnose cancers earlier."

"Today more of our patients are having breast MRIs to detect lesions that can´t be seen on a mammogram," Dr. Khamapirad continues, "and this technology allows us to biopsy those abnormalities in a non-surgical way."

The combination of a 3 Tesla (3T) MRI scanner with computer-aided diagnosis and the skills of dedicated breast radiologists allows Methodist Willowbrook to offer patients a level of care that until recently was available only in the Texas Medical Center.

"The addition of MRI-guided biopsy to our services enhances our status as a comprehensive breast care center," says Breast Center Supervisor Diane Garcia, R.T. (R.M.). "From the time a patient walks out of her doctor´s office with a mammogram order, we can provide everything she needs—from simple X-rays to surgery and beyond if needed—in a supportive, caring environment that´s close to home."

"Our Breast Center is a shining example of the outstanding services we offer to the Willowbrook community with a focus on early detection," notes Methodist Willowbrook Hospital CEO Beryl Ramsey. "Ours is one of very few Breast Centers in the area to have a dedicated breast radiographer on staff, plus we have surgeons who excel in breast surgery as well as a wonderful Outpatient Cancer Center. It´s all part of our commitment to providing women in Northwest Houston with access to the most advanced life-saving technology, in a compassionate environment right here in their community."

To learn more about MRI-guided biopsies at the Methodist Willowbrook Breast Center or to or to make an appointment, call (281) 737-1900. Appointments for screening mammograms are available during evening hours and on weekends to better accommodate patients´ scheduling needs.

About Methodist Willowbrook Hospital

Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is a not-for-profit, faith based hospital, which is part of The Methodist Hospital System. It has expanded its campus in Northwest Houston to serve the area in a more comprehensive way.

Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has received its chest pain and stroke accreditations, performs complex surgeries such as neurosurgery and open heart, and focuses on women and children in its new Women´s & Children´s Pavilion. Utilizing the latest research and state-of-the-art technology, Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Willowbrook has become the leader in orthopedic care in Northwest Houston.

For more information on the comprehensive services available on the Methodist Willowbrook campus, please visit www.methodistwillowbrook.com. For a physician referral, call (281) 737-2500.