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Breast Care Center

Breast Care Center

Women's Breast Health Services in Knox County & Surrounding Areas

At Good Samaritan’s Breast Care Center we are dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer. Equipped with the most advanced 3D breast care technology available, the Breast Care Center is a comprehensive, patient-centered unit specifically focused on diseases and disorders of the breast. We are proud to be recognized as Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

Location:

520 S. Seventh Street
Located inside the Health Pavilion at 8th and Prairie
812- 885-3627
Scheduling: 812-885-3353

The center’s experienced, multi-disciplinary team creates an individualized treatment plan for each patient and then supports the patient throughout the course of treatment. Our services include everything from routine screening mammograms to breast biopsies and surgery. You will be cared for by experienced on-site navigators, registered mammography technologists, surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, pathologists, physical therapists and social workers.

The Good Samaritan Breast Care Center is recognized by the American College of Radiology as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

You can contact our breast surgical services team at 812-885-3003. To reach the women’s imaging department, call 812-885-3627.

Our Breast Health Services

Good Samaritan is a leader in using state-of-the-art technology for diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Our services include:

  • 3-D Mammography (Breast Tomosynthesis) - A mammogram is a safe, accurate diagnostic test that helps trained experts spot abnormalities. The American Cancer Society recommends that women over age 40 have mammograms on a yearly basis.
  • Breast Biopsy - If an abnormality appears on your mammogram, a biopsy may be necessary to rule out a serious health concern. Three types of biopsy procedures can be utilized: stereotactic breast biopsy, ultrasound guided biopsy, and needle localization.
  • Breast Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI) - Good Samaritan is one of the first hospitals in Indiana to offer this innovative technology for the diagnosis of breast cancer. BSGI can detect cancers as small as a grain of sand in a simple, noninvasive procedure.
  • Breast ultrasound - Performed by an ultrasound technologist, this technology uses sound waves to outline a part of the body. A computer picks up the sound waves and translates them into an image that can be displayed on a computer screen. The process is painless and noninvasive.
  • Breast MRI - Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the structures within the breast. It is primarily used as a supplemental tool to breast screening with mammography or ultrasound.
  • Breast Health Navigator - Patient navigation helps guide patients through and around barriers in the complex cancer care system to help ensure timely diagnosis, treatment, and support.

What is 3-D Mammography?

We’re very proud to offer 3-D tomosynthesis mammography, a new technology that takes multiple images, very similar to a CT scan, which provides a three-dimensional image of the breast. It allows us to pinpoint and treat tumors that are too small to detect through other methods. Through grants from Susan G. Komen and the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, we are able to provide free screening mammograms to people who qualify for this assistance. At Good Samaritan, we are committed to ensuring that women in Knox and surrounding counties receive annual mammograms regardless of their ability to pay for them.

Screening Guidelines

Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health. Mammograms should be continued regardless of a woman’s age, as long as she does not have serious, chronic health problems such as congestive heart failure, end-stage renal disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and moderate to severe dementia.

Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a periodic (regular) health exam by a health professional, preferably every three years. Starting at age 40, women should have a CBE by a health professional every year.

To schedule an appointment at the Breast Care Center, call 812-885-3353. Evening appointments are available on Thursdays!

Breast Cancer Information

Breast Cancer Risk Assessment