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

Breast Center of Excellence

The Breast Care Center at Manatee Memorial Hospital have highly trained female staff, registered mammography technologists and interpreting radiologists and our equipment are all 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 – MRI 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 also as a problem-solving tool if there is suspicion of an abnormality that cannot be fully evaluated by mammography and ultrasound
  • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Technology - This breast biopsy system lets the patient remain in a comfortable position while allowing for greater access to hard-to-reach lesions and calcifications.
  • 3D Biopsy – This system allows the patient to remain upright while providing 3D image-guidance to the lesion.

ACS Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

  • The 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.

Preparing for Your Mammogram

Review these tips for preparing for your next mammogram:

  • It is best to schedule your mammogram for 7-10 days after menstruation begins.
  • Bring your previous mammogram films or request they be sent to the Breast Care Center, so they can be compared to the new ones.
  • 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
  • The technologist must compress your breasts in order to visualize the internal structures properly. We offer SmartCurve™ breast stabilization that is designed to deliver a more comfortable mammogram, without compromising image quality.
  • Return to the Manatee Memorial Breast Care Center for your next high-resolution 3D Mammography, so your new images can be compared more quickly and accurately to your previous ones.
To make an appointment at the Breast Care Center, contact us at 941-745-7391.