Breast Care Center
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 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.
Schedule Online: There are two mammography rooms available for online scheduling.
Please schedule in either GSH Mamm 1 or GSH Mamm 2, not both.
GSH Mamm 1 Open Schedule
GSH MAMM 2 Open Schedule
520 S. Seventh Street
Located inside the Health Pavilion at 8th and Prairie
Click here to learn about our Multidisciplinary Clinic
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 and ultrasound
technologists, surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, pathologists, physical
therapists and social workers.
Meet Our Breast Care Center Providers
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 College of Radiology recommends that
women over age 40 have mammograms on a yearly basis.
SmartCurve Breast Stabilization - The new technology features a curved surface that mirrors the shape
of a woman's breast to reduce pinching and allow better distribution
of force over the entire breast.
Breast Biopsy - If an abnormality appears on your mammogram, a biopsy may be necessary
to rule out a serious health concern. We offer a variety of biopsy procedures:
stereotactic breast biopsy, MRI 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 - 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.
Breast Health Navigator - Patient navigation helps guide patients through and around barriers
in the complex cancer care system to help ensure timely diagnosis, treatment,
Automated Breast Ultrasound - This technology is a supplemental option for women with dense breast
tissue. When used in addition to mammography, automated breast ultrasound
can improve breast cancer detection by 37.5% over mammography alone.
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, 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.
The American College of Radiology recommends that women age 40 and older
should have a mammogram every year and continue to do so for as long as
they are in good health, able to undergo the examination and willing to
undergo additional testing, including biopsy, if an abnormality is detected.
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 Factors
Women who have the following are at higher risk for developing breast cancer.
- Strong family history
- Genetic predisposition such as BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 mutation
- History of chest or mantle radiation at a young age
- History of breast cancer or atypia at biopsy
Take this risk assessment to learn about your risk for breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Risk Assessment
How the COVID-19 Vaccination Can Affect Your Mammogram
You may experience enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit after a recent COVID-19
vaccination. This is considered a normal reaction to the vaccine. If enlarged
lymph nodes in the armpit show up on your mammogram, it may require us
to take additional mammogram images or ultrasound.
Based on the Society of Breast Imaging recommendations you should schedule
your screening (no breast problems) mammogram BEFORE your first dose of
a COVID-19 vaccination or 6 weeks following your second dose of a COVID-19
Do not delay contacting your physician and having a diagnostic mammogram
if you are experiencing any breast problems.
Men Can Get Breast Cancer Too
Believe it or not, men can get breast cancer - though it is rare. 1 in
833 men will develop breast cancer.
Risk factors for male breast cancer include:
Most men diagnosed have no known risk factors. However, if you have any
of these risk factors talk to your doctors about possible risk assessment
and ways you can decrease your risk.
Men may also be less likely to report signs and symptoms, resulting in
a delayed diagnosis. If you develop a painless breast lump, thickening,
or any changes in the skin or nipple, see your doctor right away. You
can also perform a
Good Samaritan's Breast Care Center is accredited by the American
College of Radiology as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.