Center for Breast Health in Bradenton, Florida
We encourage you to be your own breast health advocate by consulting your physician about the frequency and type of screening that is right for you. Whatever your breast health needs, the specialists at Blake Medical Center's Center for Breast Health are here to make sure you receive the breast health care you need.
To schedule a mammogram or learn more about our breast health services, please call us at (866) 463-7004.
Breast care services
Monthly self-exams, clinical breast exams, and annual mammograms are all key components to a woman's healthcare routine. The Center for Breast Health is equipped with an expert staff—which includes oncology trained board certified interventional radiologists and the advanced technology needed to provide the following screening and diagnostic services:
- Digital screening 2D and 3D mammography
- Digital diagnostic 2D and 3D mammography
- Contrast-enhanced spectral mammography - First in the region!
- 3D artificial intelligence (AI) computer-aided detection (CAD)
- Breast ultrasound
- Breast MRI
- Minimally invasive 3D stereotactic breast biopsy
- Minimally invasive ultrasound-guided breast biopsy
- Minimally invasive MRI breast biopsy
- Patient-controlled compression - First in Manatee County!
- Sentinel node injection
- Needle localization procedure for surgical biopsy
- Wire-free breast localization system
- DEXA bone densitometry
- Breast surgery
- Breast reconstruction
What is the difference between 3D mammograms and 2D mammograms?
A 3D mammogram is an imaging test that takes multiple, detailed breast x-rays and creates a 3D image of the breast. The 3D image shows fine details in the breast. Physicians use it to look for breast cancers and other breast issues.
What are the benefits of 3D mammograms?
- Because 3D mammograms are more detailed, it may reduce the need for follow-up or call back imaging if abnormalities are found;
- Beneficial for women with dense breast tissue
- Can detect more breast cancers when compared to standard mammograms
- We use comfort pads and the curved breast stabilization program which reduces discomfort from breast compression used during the mammogram procedure
How does the 3D mammogram work?
- The exam is very similar to the conventional mammogram.
- During a mammogram, a female imaging technologist will position your breasts on the imaging equipment. To get a high-quality picture, the breast must be compressed. The mammogram compresses the breast for a few seconds while an image is taken.
- The entire procedure takes about 15 minutes. The breast compression only lasts a few seconds. You may feel some discomfort when your breasts are compressed. A memory foam pad is used to help reduce this discomfort.
- You and the technologist are the only ones in the room during the mammogram.
Tips for the day of your mammogram
- Wear a two-piece outfit.
- Do not apply deodorant, powder or lotion on or around the breast or underarm areas.
- Schedule the test for one week after your period. Your breasts are less sore then.
- If your last mammogram was performed at another facility, ask that facility to send the images to us. This helps the radiologist compare the two sets of images for any changes.
- If you have insurance, bring your card with you. You may also pay with cash, check or credit card.
- A physician order is required if you are receiving a diagnostic mammogram (this is usually ordered if you have lumps or are experiencing pain and/or discharge).
Is a 3D mammogram covered by my insurance?
- Contact your insurance provider to confirm if this mammogram is covered by your insurance.
- If you are due for your annual screening, most 3D mammograms are covered with a physician’s order.
Some women, such as those with dense breast tissue or certain genetic risk factors, may require additional imaging, including breast ultrasound. A breast ultrasound procedure studies a specific area that has been identified on a mammogram or a lump that has been identified through a self-breast exam. This imaging exam can determine the difference between a cystic or solid mass in the breast.
Breast ultrasounds are used in combination with mammography. Ultrasounds can have a limited scope, therefore they are not a replacement for a mammogram.
Full-service patient support
The Center for Breast Health makes it easy to receive comprehensive care all in one location. Within our network of care, we offer:
- Oncology trained board certified interventional radiologists
- Board certified breast surgeon
- Genetic risk assessment and genetic counseling services
- Experienced technologists
- Education and health resources
- Assistance acquiring previous mammogram records
- Convenient physician access
- Breast health services care coordination
- Assistance identifying support resources
- Access to a dedicated Nurse Navigator
- Care from a multidisciplinary and collaborative team of physicians
- Complete cancer care
Coming to the Center for Breast Health
Blake Medical Center's Center for Breast Health is located on the first floor of the hospital.
Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm, extended hours are available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (866) 463-0774.