When you choose to have your mammogram at the St. Anthony Breast Center, you'll have added peace of mind knowing your films are read by one of our board certified, dedicated radiologists. Plus you'll find our caring staff and spa-like atmosphere creates an environment that offers women a comfortable experience for their breast imaging appointments.
We offer the latest mammography screening technology. In the case that a diagnostic mammogram indicates the need for further testing, patients at the St. Anthony Breast Center have immediate access to additional breast diagnostic imaging procedures as well as on-site specialists including breast surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists.
Our Breast Center of Excellence designation signifies that the St. Anthony Breast Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in all breast imaging modalities.
Women who undergo routine mammograms at the St. Anthony Breast Center have the latest screening and diagnostic technology available to them.
Women who undergo routine mammograms at the St. Anthony Breast Center have the latest screening and diagnostic technology available to them. St. Anthony Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the United States to offer 3D breast tomosynthesis for breast cancer screening
Breast tomosynthesis is a revolutionary technology that gives radiologists the ability to identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. During a Metro Denver breast tomosynthesis exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.
Automated Breast Ultrasound
Benefits of Automated Breast Ultrasound
If you have dense breast tissue, Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) can provide you important information and breast health confidence.
About 40% of women who get annual mammograms have dense breast tissue (a higher ratio of glandular/fibrous tissue vs. fatty tissue). For these women, the risk of cancer is four - six times higher, and mammograms alone may not be enough to detect it early.
St. Anthony Hospital Breast Center now offers women with dense breasts Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS), the only breast cancer screening technology specifically developed and FDA approved for women with dense breast tissue.
ABUS captures 300 slices at 2mm intervals for precise anatomical detail review without radiation. Ours is the first and only ultrasound system developed and FDA approved specifically for breast cancer screening in women with dense breast tissue. ABUS has been shown to improve breast cancer detection by 35.7% over mammography alone. Multiple clinical research studies demonstrate that radiologists can detect more cancers at an earlier, more treatable stage when using ABUS as an adjunctive screening tool with mammography.
An ABUS screening experience is completely unlike a mammogram. After a thin layer of lotion is applied to the breast, the technologist places the transducer on one area of the breast and the ABUS scan begins. It takes about 60 seconds. Three scans are done on each breast, producing state-of-the-art 3D ultrasound images. These are then reviewed by our dedicated radiologist. You and your physician will be informed of the results of your scan.
If you are unsure about your breast density or your mammogram shows you have dense breasts, talk to your doctor about ABUS screening.
Our breast surgeons work closely with the patient's entire breast cancer treatment team to offer an individualized treatment plan which may include:
- Diagnosis of benign lesions
- Evaluation of high-risk patients, including those with family history and genetic mutation
- Diagnosis and treatment of high-risk lesions
- Counseling of risk reduction modalities
- Excisional biopsy for diagnosis
- Breast conservation and partial mastectomy surgery
- Skin-sparing and nipple-sparing mastectomy
- Modified radical mastectomy
- Bilateral mastectomy
- Prophylactic mastectomy for breast cancer prevention
- Mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction surgery
- Sentinel lymph node biopsy
- Axillary lymph node dissection
- Radiation therapy, including whole breast and partial breast radiation
- Endocrine therapy
- Genetics evaluation
- Lymphedema evaluation and treatment
- Nutrition counseling
- Clinical trials of investigational medicine and procedures
Our breast care team at St. Anthony North Health Campus offers the expertise and care that you can count on throughout your journey, from screenings to diagnosis and treatment to coping with side effects and life beyond cancer.
Our team includes:
- Board-Certified, Dedicated Breast Radiologists
- Board-Certified Breast Surgeons
- Breast Nurse Navigator
Our breast care team at St. Anthony Hospital offers the expertise and care that you can count on throughout your journey, from screenings to diagnosis and treatment to coping with side effects and life beyond cancer.
When you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, having a nurse specialist to help you navigate your care and concerns can make all the difference.
At the St. Anthony Breast Center we offer nurse navigator assistance, at no additional cost, to patients who have a breast cancer diagnosis. Our Certified Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator is a registered nurse with more than a decade’s experience in oncology and nursing. She can assist you in finding the answers and support you need throughout your diagnostic evaluation and course of care.
How Does a Patient Connect With the Nurse Navigator?
When possible, the nurse navigator meets with the patient during her initial diagnostic appointment at St. Anthony Breast Center. If this introduction cannot take place that day, the navigator will contact the patient by telephone shortly thereafter to discuss needs and next steps.
The COPE Library™ for Breast Health
One of the many resources our nurse navigator can share with you when you visit the St. Anthony Breast Center is current, patient-friendly information from the COPE (Cancer Online Patient Education) Library. Among the topics covered are breast imaging procedures, biopsy procedures, types of breast cancers, surgical procedures, chemotherapy, radiation, hormonal therapy, side effects, reconstruction and medication. There is no charge for this information.