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Women's Health and Outpatient Diagnostic Pavilion

  • Focus on early detection and patient education
  • Advanced diagnostic and breast-conservation techniques
  • Minimally invasive surgeries
  • Supportive, patient-centered, holistic approach
  • Mammography & Breast Diagnostic Services

Overview

Great strides have been made towards getting the message to women that an annual mammogram is the key to the early detection and fight against breast cancer.

Within the last decade, many medical advances have been made in diagnostic procedures regarding breast disease. Women can rest assured that St. Catherine's offers state-of-the-art, accurate tests and procedures.

Early Detection: Comprehensive Screening Mammogram Program: Routine screening mammograms are performed 6 days a week on asymptomatic patients. All mammograms are digital with CAD (Computer Assisted Detection).

Diagnostic Mammography: Comprehensive diagnostic work-ups are performed on patients with an abnormal screening mammogram or symptoms. Patients given a diagnostic work-up receive same-day results from the doctor.

Diagnostic Ultrasound: High-resolution ultrasound machines are used to detect masses and for ultrasound-guided fine needle and core biopsies. Most of the biopsies performed have benign results and the patient does not have to proceed with surgery.

Stereotactic Biopsy: Our hospital suite is equipped with a state-of-the-art Lorad stereotactic table with the most advanced vacuum-assisted biopsy techniques. A technologist and nurse assist the doctor who can biopsy microcalcifications (millimeters in size) and lumps that are not palpable and are not seen on an ultrasound. This non-surgical imaging guided biopsy requires only local anesthesia in the breast. Most women get benign results and do not have to proceed with surgery.

For the women that do need to proceed with surgery, the comprehensive biopsy results often allow for definitive surgical treatment in one operation.

Needle Localizations: A lump that cannot be felt needs to be localized prior to surgical biopsy. In such cases, a guide wire is placed into the breast prior to surgery by using either a mammogram or ultrasound to guide the placement and locate the area for biopsy. The wire actually hooks through the areas (calcification or nodule) to be removed. The mass or calcifications and the wire are removed in the operating
room and sent back to mammography to be X-rayed and confirm the removal of thecorrect area while the patient is still in the operating room.

Breast MRI: Breast MRI is currently being performed for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, high-risk patients, and implant evaluation and for problem solving. MRI guided biopsy is performed if indicated.

Imaging Test to Detect Osteoporosis: DEXA Bone Densitometry: The "gold standard" of bone assessment methods. This non-invasive test is a baseline assessment for osteoporosis and can be completed in
a matter of minutes. The test results will provide important information to assess the next steps in care for the prevention of future bone loss and to limit a person's risk of a devastating injury. When an appointment is made for a mammogram, one can also be made for the bone density testing.