The Women’s Imaging Center at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee provides a comprehensive breast health program which includes screening and diagnostic mammography as well as breast ultrasound, breast MRI and image guided biopsy. The breast health team consists of dedicated mammography technologists, radiologists who are physicians with expertise in breast health issues, and breast health clinicians, also specially trained in breast health issues. The facility is fully accredited by the FDA and MQSA. In addition, we voluntarily accredit our stereotactic biopsy program through the American College of Radiology.
Columbia St Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee offers digital mammography. A recent multi-institutional study has shown that digital mammography is more sensitive for detecting breast cancer in certain groups of women. These include women younger than 50, perimenopausal and premenopausal women, and women of any age with dense breast tissue. We are proud to be able to provide this service. Currently, it is estimated that only 8% of mammography units are digital across the nation. Mammograms are also offered in the evenings by appointment from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
To schedule a mammogram call (414) 326-1800.
Breast MRI is a relatively new tool for detecting breast cancer. Imaging is performed with a special breast coil before and after an injection of MRI contrast. MRI of the breast is used as an adjunct to mammography and breast ultrasound, but is not considered a screening tool in the general population.
Stereotactic Needle Core Biopsy is an outpatient procedure. It is less painful than surgery, virtually eliminates scarring and is less costly than surgery. Patients resume daily activities on the same day with minimal restrictions.
Ultrasound guided biopsy is also available. Because of its high resolution and real time imaging capabilities, ultrasound is often the first choice for imaging guided biopsy if the area can be seen well with ultrasound.
If a lesion is seen only on MRI, it can be biopsied with MRI guidance. This type of biopsy requires special equipment and needles that are MRI compatible.
Results of biopsies performed in the Women’s imaging department are usually available the next day.
Breast Health Clinicians are important members of our team. They are RNs who have specialized training in issues related to breast care. They coordinate the biopsies and assist with patient care during the procedures. They are also available to assist women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer and their families by providing guidance and support from the time of diagnosis through treatment. The clinicians can answer questions about a women’s diagnosis, provide treatment decision support and help prepare her for surgery, as well as for radiation therapy and chemotherapy should that be needed. Most importantly, they are available to support women during this difficult time and are committed to providing the best care and educational tools available.
Our Ozaukee Hospital also offers one of the longest running breast cancer survivor support groups for the last 15 years. It meets once a month at the Ozaukee campus. For more information, contact Demetra LaGalbo, RN, at (262) 243-7478.