Imaging at St. Vincent's Breast Health Center
St. Vincent’s Breast Health Center, located on the 4th floor of the Center for Cancer Care at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, provides you or your loved one with the most advanced digital mammography, bone density testing, digital ultrasound, and image guided breast biopsies, conducted by a caring, collaborative team of highly trained specialists. All our health services are located in one, convenient location.
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Comprehensive Cancer Care
At St. Vincent’s Breast Health Center, you will find:
A comfortable, calming atmosphere
Convenient, easy-to-schedule weekday and Saturday appointments
A gentle, personalized approach
Digital mammography, bone density testing and digital ultrasound and image guided breast biopsies
Our comprehensive cancer care team of specialists, mammography and ultrasound technologists, radiologists and oncologists, will administer and evaluate your images. We use the most advanced technological medical equipment available, including 3D and digital mammograms.
To schedule your mammogram, call (203) 576-5501.
Breast Center of Excellence
The Breast Health Center at St. Vincent's is a Breast Center of Excellence. This distinction from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers is a first for our area. We also received the highest level of commendation from American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. The Outstanding Achievement Award is granted to programs that have not only met standards set by the Commission on Cancer, but also exceeded compliance ratings for all designated standards.
Change - in our bodies as well as in our ever-evolving world – is inevitable. Since alterations in breast tissue are often extremely subtle, attaining a more defined the “picture” of your breast tissue is preferable. When scheduling your annual mammogram, consider choosing digital mammography. When digital mammography is combined with breast tomosynthesis it provides you with the extraordinary care you deserve and remains your strongest new ally in the detection of and fight against breast cancer.
Three-Dimensional (3D) Breast Mammography
The Breast Health Center’s three-dimensional (3D) breast mammography is an advanced technology used to detect signs of breast cancer. Digital images appear in seconds on a computer screen, revealing an exciting new world of diagnostic possibilities. Because early detection of breast cancer is key to good outcomes and survival we offer this three-dimensional breast mammography, an advanced technology used in conjunction with traditional two-dimensional digital mammography.
Research has shown 3D mammograms to be up to 40 percent more accurate at detecting cancer and can yield up to 15% less false positives when compared to traditional mammograms. This technology is especially more effective for women with denser breasts. Our experts can help you decide if this a good option for you.
Benefits of 3D Breast Mammography
Benefits of 3D mammography include:
Better visibility at the skin line
Greater image flexibility
Shorter exam times
3D breast mammography allows us to precisely pinpoint small tumors that might not be seen in certain women on a regular mammogram. It enables doctors to examine breast tissue one layer at a time rather than as a flat image. It converts digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or “slices”, essentially building them into a 3D mammogram. 3D mammography is now considered best practice in the field of mammography as it can more readily detect these subtle signs of early cancer in women with dense breasts or other anatomic conditions.
As effective as 3D mammography is, it does not eliminate the potential need for ultrasound technology in women with high breast density and may be used in combination. At St. Vincent’s Breast Health Center, we provide expert care and resources, including ultrasound comprehensive services in both diagnostic and interventional radiology.
Use of ultrasound is another dense breast tissue diagnostic resource that employs sound waves to determine the character of an anomaly detected in the breast. It is a painless process. An ultrasound device delivers images onto a screen without using X-rays or other radiation. Biopsies and cyst aspirations of the breast can be done with ultrasound guidance.
5 to 10 percent of mammograms require additional testing. For example, if a shadow or a suspicious speck is detected, you may benefit from follow-up testing. Further testing will rule out complications or health risks.
The Breast Health Center at St. Vincent’s provides comprehensive services in both diagnostic and interventional radiology. The Women's Imaging Center uses ultrasound as an imaging tool in the management of an abnormal breast exam or abnormal mammogram.
Bilateral Breast MRI
Bilateral Breast MRI is a non-invasive method of medical imaging that uses a strong magnetic field to obtain breast images. It provides 3-D images of breasts, chest wall, and the lymph nodes located under each arm. These high-resolution images allow specialists to make more accurate diagnoses and catch breast cancer at an earlier stage.
During the exam it is necessary to have an injection of gadolinium. The injection enhances your bilateral breast MRI images. Bilateral breast MRI is a useful tool for the detection and characterization of breast disease, assessment of local extent of disease and evaluation of treatment response.
Same Day Biopsies
Research shows that more than half of women will have a false-positive result (the need to return for additional imaging or a biopsy even though no cancer is present) during the first 10 years of screening. Most women don’t think about what they may need from their medical team if they get an abnormal mammogram until it’s too late. As a result, they are too often referred somewhere else, or are asked to wait days for the results from a biopsy. As they wait for answers, fear grows inside of them.
At The Breast Health Center, we believe in treating the entire person—and that means treating the fear and confusion of an abnormal mammogram. Here is how we do it:
Results in 1-2 days
Our breast center is capable of arranging a biopsy the same day you discover your mammogram is abnormal. You will get personally notified of the results in 1 to 2 days. We want you or your loved ones to leave with answers.
The moment you have an abnormal mammogram, a nurse specializing in breast care will explain what lies ahead. She’s there to answer your questions and she’s by your side throughout the procedure. While more than 80% of biopsies are found to be non-cancerous, many women find relief in having a nurse navigator by their side throughout the process.
Expert Surgeons, Caring Staff
If you need a biopsy, you will consult with a surgeon with decades of experience in breast health. Our team is led by a surgeon who was fellowship-trained specifically for breast care at The John Wayne Cancer Institute, a worldwide leader in the fight against cancer. The Chairperson of our Department of Surgery is a breast cancer survivor. Our caring staff is ready for your questions, trained to listen, and they understand what you are experiencing. Our radiologists have decades of mammography reading experience with specific training on breast imaging.
Advanced Biopsy Technology
Our commitment to the latest technology includes a variety of tools that can be used based on your personal needs, from ultrasound to MRI’s and stereotactic breast biopsies. This means greater accuracy and comfort.
Mobile Mammography Coach
St. Vincent’s Medical Center has a Mobile Mammography Coach that travels throughout the State of Connecticut to screen women. Organizations can schedule a mobile screening by calling (203) 576-5505.
To speak with our Breast Health Center Navigator, Brandi Buskey, please call (203) 576-5181. To schedule a mammogram appointment at the Breast Health Center please call (203) 576-5501.