Breast Care Center

Manatee Memorial Breast Care Center of Excellence

Manatee Memorial Hospital Breast Care CenterThe Breast Care Center at Manatee Memorial Hospital has earned the Breast Center of Excellence designation from the American College of Radiology (ACR). By awarding facilities the status of Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound guided breast biopsy). Additionally, the hospital has earned the ACR accreditation designation in Breast MRI.

You're Never Too Busy for Your Annual Mammogram

Early detection is the best defense against breast cancer. An annual mammogram should be your number-one priority...and it takes only a few minutes.

One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. Breast cancer is most treatable in its early stages, and the best form of early detection is mammography.

When you come to the Manatee Memorial Breast Care Center, you will receive instructions for monthly breast self-examination, as well as a safe, complete digital mammogram. The highly trained female staff, registered mammography technologists and interpreting radiologists and our equipment are all accredited by the American College of Radiology and certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The Breast Care Center Features Advanced Technology

A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray of the breasts — one of the safest, most effective means of detecting cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages. The equipment used in our advanced breast health system produces images with high contrast and high definition for detailed visualization of the breast.

The Breast Care Center uses the advanced technology of:

  • Lorad Selenia® Digital Mammography System
    Specially designed digital detectors capture images by converting X-rays into an electrical signal that is sent to a computer for review by the radiologist.
  • Computer Aided Detection (CAD)
    This technology provides a "second read" of mammograms by a computer, assisting the radiologist in making an accurate diagnosis.
  • Breast Ultrasound
    Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that can produce an image of the internal structures of the breast to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
  • Breast MRI – Siemens Magnetom Symphony 1.5T
    This open-bore MRI enables head or feet access with shorter exam times for patient comfort.
  • Siemens MammoTest Breast Biopsy Technology
    This breast biopsy system, together with the AutoGuide targeting and guidance system, lets the patient remain in a comfortable position while allowing for greater access to hard-to-reach lesions and calcifications.


Softer MammoMammoPad® Makes Mammograms More Comfortable

Manatee Memorial's Breast Care Center offers MammoPad®, the soft foam pad that provides a cushion between the breast and the mammogram machine, making the experience more gentle and comfortable. The Breast Care Center is a certified softer mammogram provider, a distinction that shows our patients that we are committed to their comfort and well-being.

Preparing for Your Mammogram

  1. It is best to schedule your mammogram for 7-10 days after menstruation begins.
  2. Bring your previous mammogram films or request they be sent to the Breast Care Center, so they can be compared to the new ones.
  3. On the day of your mammogram, do not wear deodorant or powder on your breasts or in the underarm area. Such substances can cause artifacts on the image, making it necessary to repeat the mammogram.
  4. The technologist must compress your breasts in order to visualize the internal structures properly. At the Breast Care Center, the MammoPad will help to reduce the discomfort.
  5. Return to the Manatee Memorial Breast Care Center for your next digital mammogram, so your new images can be compared more quickly and accurately to your previous ones.

New Screening Guidelines for Breast Cancer from American Cancer Society (ACS)

According to the American Cancer Society Press Release of October 20 2015:

  • All women should become familiar with the potential benefits, limitations and harms associated with breast cancer screening.
  • Women with an average risk of breast cancer should undergo regular screening mammography starting at age 45*
  • Women who are 45 to 54 years should be screened annually**
  • Women who are 55 and older should transition to biennial screening or have the opportunity to continue screening annually**
  • Women should have the opportunity to begin annual screening between the ages of 40 and 44**
  • Women should continue screening as long as their overall health is good and they have a life expectancy of 10 years or more**
  • ACS does not recommend clinical breast examination for breast cancer screening among average-risk women at any age**

* ACS strong recommendation; conveys the consensus that the benefits of adherence to that intervention outweigh the undesirable effects that may result from screening.

** ACS qualified recommendation; indicates there is clear evidence of benefit of screening but less certainty about the balance of benefits and harms, or about patients' values and preferences, which could lead to different decisions about screening.


Hospital Accreditations

Manatee Memorial Hospital is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the largest organization of radiologists in the nation, in several imaging categories.

  • Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
  • Breast Ultrasound
  • Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Mammography
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
  • Ultrasound

Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™
Manatee Memorial has been designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ (DICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The DICOE program, which represents the pinnacle of medical imaging care, is an achievement that goes beyond accreditation to recognize best-quality imaging practices and diagnostic care.

Lung Cancer Screening Center
Manatee Memorial has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.

General Radiology Improvement Database™
Manatee Memorial is a participant in the ACR's General Radiology Improvement Database (GRID). GRID collects process and outcome measures for the general practice of radiology and compares the results to similar facilities to help facilities establish benchmarks for quality improvement.

Dose Index Registry
Manatee Memorial participates in the Dose Index Registry (DIR), a data registry that allows facilities to compare their CT dose indices to regional and national values. Information related to dose indices for all CT exams is collected, anonymized and transmitted to the American College of Radiology, and stored in a database. Institutions are then provided with periodic feedback reports comparing their results to body part and exam type to aggregate results.

Advanced diagnostic and imaging technologies are available to both inpatients and outpatients.
Manatee Memorial Hospital uses the advanced technology of nuclear medicine imaging to obtain detailed images of the body and help identify disorders and disease.
The Imaging Services department at Manateee Memorial Hospital uses X-rays, radioactive tracers and ultrasonic waves to detect, diagnose and guide treatment of numerous diseases and injuries.
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Visit Manatee Memorial Breast Care Center for your annual mammogram.

The Breast Care Center is located on the first floor of the Outpatient Services Center at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, please call 941-745-7391. Appointments can be scheduled within 48 hours. Evening and weekend appointments by request.

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Manatee Memorial Hospital has been designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ (DICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
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