The Women’s Imaging program at Good Samaritan Medical Center is recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. The Center is staffed by a team of breast health experts who provide comprehensive, advanced screening and diagnostic services including digital and 3-D mammography, and breast MRI.
Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Women’s Imaging Center's radiologists are board certified by the American College of Radiology and our technologists are registered by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, state licensed, and certified by the Department of Public Health in mammography. Our qualifications are your peace of mind.
Mammograms and Breast Exams at Good Samaritan Medical Center
Digital mammography is the most effective method of early detection in the fight against breast cancer. This technology offers women a number of benefits, including improved image quality, reduced procedure time and enhanced patient comfort.
Our breast imaging services include:
All-digital screening mammography and diagnostic mammography
Stereotactic breast biopsy
Ultrasound-guided needle core biopsy
Tomosynthesis (3D mammography)
Flexible appointments are available, including evening hours on Tuesday and Wednesday. A physician referral for a screening mammogram is not required.
One out of eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. That's why breast exams are such an important aid in early detection, especially for women over 35. A mammography exam can detect a tumor long before you can feel it. Such early detection of breast cancer can save your life. It can also give you an opportunity to choose between treatment options.
Mammogram and breast examination guidelines:
If you are between the ages of 20 and 40, you should perform a breast self-examination every month and have a breast examination by a physician every three years
If you are between the ages of 30 and 35 and have a strong family history of breast cancer, you should have a mammogram
If you are 35 or over, a baseline mammogram should be done for later comparison
By age 40, you should do a breast self-examination every month, have a breast exam by a physician and a mammography every year
After age 50, you should continue your breast self-examination every month, and have a physician breast exam and mammogram every year
When breast imaging results or an exam indicate a need for follow-up care, the Breast Center team at Good Samaritan Medical Center partners with each patient to develop a personalized care plan for further diagnosis and treatment.
Who's at risk for breast cancer?
Because breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women, every woman should consider herself at risk. However, the following factors put you at higher risk for breast cancer:
Over 50 years old
Previous breast cancer or benign breast disease
Family history of breast cancer (especially maternal)x
No full-term pregnancies
Pregnancy of first child after age 30
Early menstruation (before age 13)
Late menopause (after age 52)
Diet high in fat
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
Since most breast cancers are discovered by women themselves, it is important for you to know what to look for: