Advanced Mammography Technology

Breast Care Center

Manatee Memorial Breast Care Center is the first in Manatee and Sarasota Counties to offer the Hologic® Genius Clarity HD high-resolution 3D™ Mammography Imaging technology with the new SmartCurve™ breast stabilization system. The new imaging technology is designed to deliver a more comfortable mammogram, without compromising image quality.

Advanced features of our new 3D Mammography System include:

  • A curved surface that mirrors the shape of a woman’s breast, designed to reduce pinching
  • Helps to detect more invasive cancers and reduce false positives
  • FDA-approved system offers advanced imaging and comfort, even for women with dense breasts*
  • 93 percent of women who reported moderate to severe discomfort with standard compression noted this is a more comfortable mammogram**
  • The new Clarity HD high-resolution 3D imaging technology provides radiologists with more precise, deeper images to help identify cancers early

*Smith, A. Improving Patient Comfort in Mammography. Hologic WP-00119 Rev 003 (2017)
**Data on file and from public sources, 2017, Hologic, Inc.

To make an appointment at the Breast Care Center, contact us at 941-745-7391.

Breast Center of Excellence

The Breast Care Center at Manatee Memorial Hospital has highly trained female staff, registered mammography technologists and interpreting radiologists, and all our equipment is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and certified by the Food and Drug Administration.

The center has earned the Breast Center of Excellence designation from the ACR. By awarding facilities the status of Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in 2D and 3D mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, 3D breast biopsy, breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound guided breast biopsy). The center also offers:

  • 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 – Ultrasonic 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 – This can be used to screen women who are at an increased risk of breast cancer and can detect additional areas of breast cancer in women who have newly diagnosed breast cancer. MRI can also be used as a problem-solving tool if there is suspicion of an abnormality that cannot be fully evaluated by mammography and ultrasound.
  • Affirm® Breast Biopsy Guidance System – This system allows the patient to remain upright while providing 3D image-guidance to the lesion.
  • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Technology – This breast biopsy system lets the patient lie down for access to hard-to-reach lesions and calcifications.

ACS Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

The American Cancer Society (ACS) offers the following guidelines for breast cancer screening:

  • 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

Breast Cancer Support Group

The breast cancer support group is for patients who are newly diagnosed, who are currently in treatment or have completed treatment. Families and caregivers are welcome.

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Nurse Navigator is Here To Help

An Oncology Nurse Navigator is on call to offer you and your family personalized assistance from the moment you call or visit. Our Oncology Nurse Navigator helps schedule tests for patients and can help guide them and their families through healthcare decisions.

Jenny BrownFor more information or to make an appointment, call our Oncology Nurse Navigator, Jennifer B. Brown, RN, BSN, OCN at 941-708-8330.