Blake Medical Center
October 19, 2020

Featuring state-of-the-art technology, including 3-D Mammography and Manatee County’s first patient-controlled compression system

Bradenton, FL – Blake Medical Center announces the opening of its Center for Breast Health. The new Center provides a full spectrum of breast health services and offers innovative 3-D imaging technology including features that can’t be found anywhere else in Manatee County, such as patient managed compression for more comfortable patient experience and contrast-enhanced spectral mammography.

“These are exciting times in Women’s Imaging and Breast Care,” says Philip Blaustein, MD, Director of Imaging at Blake Medical Center, “The image quality from our new unit is uniformly excellent. We also have a wireless remote which brings the patient herself into the compression process, which studies have reported improved the image quality and patient experience.”

The new 3-D digital mammography unit is also designed to provide patients with a more comfortable exam and includes several comfort features in addition to the optional patient-controlled compression, such as smooth curved edges, soft armrests, and flexible paddles that tilt and adapt to varying body shape.

“We are so excited to bring our patients enhanced breast care services.” says Kimberly Hatchel, DNP, MSN, MHA, RN, CENP, Chief Nursing Officer at Blake Medical Center and breast cancer survivor. “We encourage individuals to be proactive about breast health because early detection can save lives. By enhancing the mammography experience, we hope to help patients feel more at ease about the process, assured with excellent care, and empowered with knowledge.”

In addition to innovative technology, The Center for Breast Health has an experienced team of caregivers including oncology trained board-certified interventional radiologists, a board-certified breast surgeon, experienced technicians, and a dedicated nurse navigator to help guide and educate patients.

The new Center for Breast Health is located on the first floor of the hospital and provides comprehensive breast health services that include genetic risk assessment, genetic counseling, breast ultrasound, and MRI, as well as breast surgery and reconstruction. Visit for additional information or call 866-463-7004 to schedule an appointment.