Offering the latest state-of-the-art technology
The St. Joseph Breast Imaging Center is a full-service breast health center that features fully digital mammography screening and diagnostic workups with the comfort, privacy, and compassion every woman deserves.
The St. Joseph Breast Imaging Center is committed to providing the highest quality breast imaging services. Our pleasant, state-of-the-art, spa-like environment is tailored to help you feel comfortable and well cared for. Our staff is focused on breast imaging and you are encouraged to actively participate in managing your breast health.
Our radiologic technologists, who have their advanced certification through the American Registry of Radiological Technologists, perform all mammography exams. The experienced, board certified radiologists at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center specialize in reading breast imaging.
St. Joseph Breast Imaging Center patients have access to a same day complete diagnostic workup. Multiple appointment options and a streamlined registration process are offered. Our professional staff has designed a workflow that enhances timeliness and improves the quality of care provided. Diagnosis of potentially cancerous tissue can be done quickly, allowing patients to be referred to their treatment options as soon as possible. This critical step greatly improves survival rates and overall quality of life.
Working together with our patients and other support services, we are the leaders in breast health care. The goal of the St. Joseph Breast Imaging Center is to reduce the mortality rate of breast cancer in our community through early detection and access to treatment.
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center is a proud recipient of the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care. This evidence-based designation is the only cancer care award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women say they want from a hospital.
Our Mobile Mammography program consists of a specially equipped motor coach, staffed by radiologic technologists who specialize in mammography from the St. Joseph Breast Imaging Center. The unit is furnished with FDA and Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA)—approved digital equipment.
The Breast Imaging Center is designed for maximum efficiency, giving our patients a "one-stop" comprehensive service.
Our breast imaging services include:
- Advanced 3D digital mammography and diagnosis
- Expert trained providers
- The gold standard for demonstrated safety and quality imaging
- Nurse Navigator serves as a patient resource
- Spa-like atmosphere created for your privacy and comfort
- 40% fewer callbacks
- Greater accuracy
- Peace of mind
- Conveniently located
- Convenient parking
- Efficient appointments and streamlined registration
- A dedicated, caring, and highly trained staff that is sensitive to every patient's experience.
- Attractive and comfortable surroundings that include personal touches like soft comfortable robes, and spa music.
- A Nurse Navigator who serves as a treatment guide for future care, answering questions, explaining treatment options, assisting with procedures, navigating the health care system and supporting breast cancer patients throughout the continuum of care.
- Comprehensive care with access to various medical disciplines.
- Access to support resources including support groups, exercise programs, physical and emotional therapies, etc.
The Breast Imaging Center exemplifies St. Joseph’s commitment to compassion and excellence. We've put the best professionals, state-of-the-art screening, and diagnostic equipment in a suite that features comfort, privacy, and compassionate care. In short, we've done the impossible: we've made getting mammograms a pleasant experience. Nothing should keep women from this very important health screening. The American College of Radiology encourages all women age 40 and older to have an annual mammogram. Early detection is vital for effective cancer treatment.
preparation for a mammogram
A mammogram can be scheduled by you or your physician. The best time to schedule a mammogram is one week following your period. Always inform your doctor or mammography technologist if there is any possibility that you are pregnant.
- Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts the day of the exam. These can appear on the mammogram as calcium deposits. Should you wear deodorant on the day of your exam, we provide wet wipes to remove it and spray deodorant for after your exam.
- Describe any breast symptoms or problems to the technologist performing the exam.
- During scheduling of your exam, please notify the staff of any prior mammograms performed outside of the St. Joseph Breast Imaging Center in order for them to be sent and available for comparison review at the time of your current exam.
- Ask when your results will be available and do not assume the results are normal if you do not hear from your doctor or the mammography facility.
what to expect during a mammogram
A mammogram takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes and requires that you undress above the waist. The technologist will give you a gown to wear. Breast compression may cause slight discomfort for a brief time during each exposure, but it should not be painful. If discomfort is something that worries you, please discuss this concern with the technologist before the mammogram begins or indicate to the technologist during the exam if you begin to experience discomfort. Feel free to ask our professional staff questions at any time before, during or after your exam.
The use of 3D projections allows the radiologist to review images of the breast without overlapping of breast tissue. This enhances the quality of the interpretation of the mammogram by providing multiple slices to review. This is similar to analyzing each individual slice of bread in a loaf. This process enhances the ability to target abnormal tissue and reduces the frequency of call back requests for additional mammographic views when 3D imaging is used.
At the Breast Imaging Center, we use Full Field Digital Mammography. Unlike film-based mammography, digital mammograms produce images that appear on the technologist’s monitor in a matter of seconds.
With digital mammography, the radiologist reviews electronic images of the breast, using high-resolution monitors. The physician can adjust the brightness, change contrast, and zoom in for close-ups of specific areas of interest. Being able to manipulate images is one of the main benefits of digital technology. Digital images can also be easily stored and copied without any loss of information, then transmitted electronically, eliminating dependence on only one set of “original” films.
Our technologists are not only there to complete your mammogram, they will help make the experience for you as comfortable as possible. Two views will be taken of each breast. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort, alert the technologist before the exam so she can take appropriate precautions. Total exam time is approximately 15 minutes.
If you are experiencing problems with your breast or have discovered a lump, please contact your healthcare provider. They may order a diagnostic mammogram. In this case, the mammogram is focused on a specific concern of your breast. At St. Joseph Breast Imaging Center, a radiologist will be on hand to make sure the appropriate images are obtained, and they are available to perform additional procedures if necessary at this time to completely evaluate the area in question. A radiologist will be on hand to make sure the appropriate images are obtained and are available to perform additional procedures if necessary at that time to completely evaluate the area in question.
You can expect to be at the center longer than a screening mammogram due to the time necessary for the radiologist to review the images of your exam while you are at the facility. The total time for the exam and review of the diagnostic mammogram is approximately 30 minutes. The radiologist’s interpretation of your diagnostic mammogram will be discussed with you prior to you leaving the facility. If additional diagnostic procedures to the mammogram (such as a breast ultrasound) are requested, it could take up to 30 minutes per exam to complete.
If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort, please alert the technologist before or during the exam so she can take the necessary precautions.
Ultrasound & Biopsy
Breast ultrasounds are usually performed when you or a physician has detected a lump in your breast, if you are experiencing abnormal nipple discharge, or if a mass is found on your mammogram. The ultrasound can help determine whether a breast mass is a fluid-filled non-cancerous cyst or a solid mass that could either be cancerous or non-cancerous. Preparation—On the day of your exam, please wear a two-piece outfit.
ultrasound-guided core needle breast biopsy
Sometimes it's necessary to do a biopsy of the breast to determine whether or not an abnormality is cancerous. When you arrive at the Breast Imaging Center, you will be guided to a comfortable room with dim lighting and soft music, where the physician will perform your core needle biopsy. This step eliminates the cost and discomfort of having an open biopsy in a hospital operating room. The procedure only takes approximately 30 minutes and most patients experience significantly less discomfort than an open biopsy. Please note that it is not necessary to take an entire day off from your daily activities due to this procedure, though you may feel some soreness afterward.
Preparation—On the day of your biopsy, please wear a two-piece outfit. Refrain from taking aspirin three days before or after your biopsy.
stereotactic core needle breast biopsy
Sometimes it's necessary to do a biopsy of the breast to determine whether or not an abnormality is cancerous. A stereotactic core needle breast biopsy is usually done if a cluster of microcalcifications (tiny calcium deposits) show up on your annual screening mammogram or if a mass shows up on your mammogram that is not detectable by ultrasound. Physicians at St. Joseph Breast Imaging Center will perform the biopsy using our advanced stereotactic equipment to provide you with a quick and precise biopsy.
This procedure usually takes about an hour to complete but may take longer if multiple areas are being sampled.
Preparation: on the day of the biopsy, please wear a two-piece outfit and either a tight fitting bra or a sports bra for added support after the procedure.
IMPORTANT: When scheduling your stereotactic biopsy, it is important that you notify the staff if you are taking blood thinners or NSAIDs/anti-inflammatory medications. Examples: Warfarin, Coumadin, Xarelto, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Meloxicam.
What is a Bone Density Scan?
A bone density scan is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure calcium in the spine and hips. This procedure is usually performed to detect osteoporosis, a condition that causes thinning and brittleness of the bone. Though osteoporosis commonly affects post-menopausal women, it can also affect men and can be due to a variety of factors. St. Joseph Breast Imaging Center utilizes a widely used bone density bed to perform your scan in the comfort of a cozy, dimly lit room with soft music. These can even be done on the same day as your mammogram as an added convenience.