Advanced Mammography Technology

Manatee Memorial Hospital’s Breast Care Center offers patients a full spectrum of breast care services, including screening and diagnostic 3D mammography through Manatee Diagnostic Center, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, stereotactic biopsy, ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, MRI-guided breast biopsy, nurse navigation and a full range of surgical options for breast cancer. We conduct bi-weekly breast care conferences attended by a multidisciplinary breast care team, including medical and radiation oncology, pathology, radiology and surgery where prospective breast cancer cases are discussed along with treatment, clinical trial and genetic testing options.

Our breast care team also includes members from inpatient and outpatient treatment areas, dietary, physical rehabilitation including lymphedema specialists, case management, nurse navigators and mammography technologists, as well as other team members necessary for the full continuum of care of the breast cancer patient.

To make a mammogram appointment with Manatee Diagnostic Center, please call 941-747-3034.

The Breast Care Center at Manatee Memorial Hospital received a Three-Year Accreditation with The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). To achieve voluntary NAPBC accreditation, Manatee Memorial Hospital’s Breast Care Center demonstrated compliance with the NAPBC standards that look at a center’s leadership, clinical services, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. Breast centers seeking NAPBC accreditation undergo a site visit every three years. Manatee Memorial is the first hospital in Manatee and Sarasota Counties to receive this accreditation.

The equipment at the Breast Care Center at Manatee Memorial Hospital is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and certified by the Food and Drug Administration.

Take it from breast cancer survivor Lisa Montanye: “Go get your breast exam, it could save your life.”

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. Please call 941-708-8330 for more information.

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.