Breast Health Services
Baptist Memorial Health Care takes a proactive and comprehensive approach to breast health services.
With all cancers, early detection and treatment is your best line of defense; breast cancer is no exception. Baptist is at the forefront of breast health innovation and technology with imaging services throughout Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi.
Comprehensive Breast Program
Baptist Women's Health Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology as a Center of Excellence and also by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The Women's Health Center not only offers Screening, Diagnostic and Pre-Surgical Services, but also offers enhanced care for those who are at a greater risk for breast cancer or have benign breast conditions such as; breast pain, infection, changes, cysts, masses, or nipple changes or discharge. The Baptist Comprehensive Breast Program offers an efficient multidisciplinary approach to care, convenient satellite mammogram screening locations throughout the mid-south and a coordinated Physician network recommending treatment and care plans centered around the patient. Learn more.
Breast Cancer Diagnostics
3-D Mammography (Breast Digital Tomosynthesis)
Imagine being able to read every page of a closed book. That is how doctors describe this 3D imaging. Images are digitally sliced, allowing doctors unobstructed views of the breast. Our GE Senoclair detector technology creates a higher quality image without increased radiation. This is especially important in screening patients with dense breasts.
3D Mammography Is Available At The Following Locations:
The Comprehensive Breast Program includes a staff of dedicated genetic counselors who help patients know if they have a greater chance of developing breast cancer because of their family history. Blood tests can examine a woman’s DNA to find abnormal genes that increase the risk of breast cancer. Women who have these genes are 45% to 65% more likely than the average woman to develop breast cancer by the age of 70. Learn more.
This risk assessment can help you develop a breast cancer screening and management plan with your doctor.
Screening Mammograms (image) help detect tumors or calcium deposits that can't be felt. Some of these abnormalities can indicate the presence of breast cancer.
Diagnostic Mammograms are ordered when a new physical change in the breast is identified on exam. This test is also ordered when screening mammogram detects an abnormality in the breast. This test must be ordered by one of your medical providers.
This diagnostic exam may be used to get a closer look at an abnormality on a mammogram. This test uses sound waves and does not expose the patient to radiation.
Automated Breast Ultrasound Technology
The Baptist Women’s Health Center is now the first and only breast center in the Memphis area to offer access to the Invenia Automated Breast Ultrasound, or ABUS. Thanks to a Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation grant, this FDA-approved screening technology can better screen women with dense breast tissue.
Almost 40 percent of women have dense breasts, which means they have more glandular tissue than fat. Dense breasts are more likely to hide lumps or masses when screened with a standard mammogram. Additionally, women with dense breasts are four to six times more likely to develop breast cancer than women who do not have dense breasts.
The ABUS uses sonic waves to create a 3D photo of the breasts. This is much different from a screening mammogram, which uses radiation to look for abnormalities. While ABUS does not replace traditional mammography, it can be used in conjunction with it to better diagnose breast cancer in women with dense breasts. The exam takes just 30 minutes and gives doctors clear 3D images that they review in addition to the mammogram results.
If you have dense breasts, you can come into Baptist Women’s Health Center for your standard mammogram and then speak with your doctor about which screening options are right for you. We recommend that women should receive a baseline mammogram beginning at age 40 and continue with annual screenings after that. If you are at a higher risk of breast cancer, speak with your doctor about when you should begin getting annual mammograms.
Breast MRI Scan
Your doctor may order an magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for additional testing. This test is also used for screening women who are at high risk for breast cancer. During this test, dye will be injected through an IV in your arm. The use of dye is to measure blood flow patterns in the breast. This exam uses magnetic energy and no radiation.
Breast Needle Biopsy
A small amount of breast tissue is removed using a needle and sent to the lab for review under a microscope to determine if the tissue is cancerous.
To remove a small abnormality from the breast, a special device may be needed. At Women’s Health Center, we are the only center in the Mid-South that uses seed localization. This method of localization is more comfortable for the patient than standard wire localization.
Most women who are diagnosed with breast cancer will require surgery as part of their treatment.
If you and your surgeon decide on lumpectomy or partial mastectomy, the surgeon will remove only the affected area of the breast—the breast cancer itself and some surrounding tissue. Depending on breast size, this surgery may also involve tissue rearrangement by a plastic surgeon for a good cosmetic result. Your surgeon may insert metal clips which will serve as markers for radiation treatments that you may receive following your surgery.
In a mastectomy, all the visible breast tissue is removed. There are different types of mastectomies; which one you receive will depend on your cancer’s type and stage. Reconstruction by a plastic surgeon may be an option for you.
Before or after surgery for breast cancer, you may also receive chemotherapy or endocrine therapy (daily pills to block or lower hormones). This will be determined by the type and stage of your cancer as well as your overall health.