Women's Health Program

Delivering innovation, expertise and essential compassion

The Kern Radiology team of board certified specialists is proud to provide breast health screenings and critical early detection of breast cancer to women in our community. In fact, Kern Radiology is the only Breast Health Center of Excellence between Los Angeles and Modesto.

We are committed to delivering innovative technologies and unparalleled expertise to
help see women through the fight against breast cancer.

Early and accurate detection

An accurate diagnosis is the essential foundation of any successful treatment. In fact, studies have shown that the latest diagnostic technologies can find a breast cancer tumor 2 years before it can be felt. Kern Radiology uses a full range of state-of-the-art breast imaging technologies, including:

  • Mammography – An essential annual screening tool for all women over age 40, as well as women of any age who require a thorough diagnostic breast exam.
  • Computer Aided Detection (CAD) – A valuable tool used to digitize images obtained through mammography. CAD delivers a “second” screening and allows the radiologists to compare their interpretation to the computer’s results.
  • Breast Ultrasound – If a mass is found in the breast, ultrasound can be used to produce a real-time image of the tissue and evaluate blood flow (or lack thereof), which helps to accurately characterize the abnormality.
  • Breast MRI – This painless, noninvasive technique produces highly detailed images of the breast, and serves as a powerful supplemental tool for detecting and staging breast cancer and other breast abnormalities.

Leading-edge biopsy techniques

Once an abnormality in the breast is detected, it is essential to access the tissue and accurately characterize it. Kern Radiology uses a number of methods to accomplish this, including:

  • Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy – When mammography and/or an ultrasound exam cannot accurately characterize the nature of a breast abnormality, a member of our interventional radiology team can use ultrasound to guide his instruments and obtain a tissue sample for analysis.
  • MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy – When an abnormal area in the breast is too small to be felt, our highly trained interventional radiologists can use MRI to locate the area and remove the abnormal tissue for evaluation to determine if it is cancerous
    or non-cancerous.
  • Stereotactic Biopsy – This method employs a special mammography unit that incorporates both computer aided, site locating data and images from the mammogram to accurately guide the radiologist during the biopsy procedure. Even micro-calcifications are able to be sampled using this method of needle biopsy.