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Breast Diagnostic Center

At Anderson Hospital, we provide breast cancer screening, breast cancer diagnosis, and intervention at The Friends of Hope Breast Diagnostic Center. The center is located within the Warren Billhartz Cancer Center in Maryville, Ill. With our medical team’s compassionate care and the center’s advanced technologies, our patients can feel confident and comfortable while managing their breast health.

3D Mammograms

Screening & Diagnostic Mammography Services

Screening mammograms are a critical component for detecting breast cancer in its early stages when it is most treatable. If you are a woman over the age of 40 years or older, The American Cancer Society recommends that you receive a yearly screening mammogram. We provide 3D mammograms, which take multiple images of the breast at different angles for improved accuracy. Check with your insurance provider to see if a 3D mammogram is covered in your health insurance plan.  

With our breast mammography service, we also offer diagnostic mammograms as well. If you have received abnormal results on your initial mammogram or have symptoms or signs of breast cancer, then you may need to schedule a diagnostic mammogram. 

Female nurse helping a female patient receive a mammogram scan.

Breast Biopsy Procedures

The Friends of Hope Breast Diagnostic Center offers breast biopsy services to accurately diagnose breast cancer and other breast diseases. Our experienced radiologist team performs either a stereotactic biopsy or an ultrasound-guided biopsy depending on the reason for the breast biopsy.

What is a Stereotactic Breast Biopsy?

A stereotactic needle breast biopsy is useful in cases in which calcifications or a mass can be seen on a mammogram but cannot be physically felt in the breast through self-examination or clinical examination. Computerized equipment is used to map the precise location of the biopsy site. Then, a small incision is made in the skin of the breast. A needle is inserted and takes a sample of the breast tissue. The samples taken are then sent to pathology for analysis.

What is an Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy?

An ultrasound-guided breast biopsy obtains breast tissue to test for breast cancer without the need for surgery. A biopsy needle is placed into the breast tissue. Then, an ultrasound utilizes sound waves reflected off the breast tissue to determine the exact location of the breast abnormality. The ultrasound can distinguish benign lesions, such as fluid-filled cysts, from solid lesions. Tissue samples are then taken through the needle and sent to pathology for analysis.

DXA Scan to Measure Bone Density

Our team of radiologists also conducts DXA (dual x-ray absorptiometry) scans, which is the most reliable method to measure bone mineral density. It can detect bone loss as small as 2 percent per year and is safe as it uses low radiation doses. DXA scans are the most effective way to diagnose osteoporosis and osteopenia. In fact, the follow-up DXA scan can help monitor the effectiveness of treatment. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends annual screenings for women over the age of 65 years old and post-menopausal women with any osteoporosis risk factors as well as those with specific fractures. Please note that annual screenings may not be covered by Medicare or some insurance plans.
Please note: a physician’s referral is required for all of our breast diagnostic services. If you do not have a primary care physician, we do accept self-referrals for screening mammograms. However, a physician will be assigned to your care for follow-up.

Contact The Friends of Hope Breast Diagnostic Center

To schedule your appointment, call: 618.391.6820 – Ext. 1

To speak with a Breast Center staff member, call: 618.391.5918
Warren Billhartz Cancer Center
2227 Vadalabene Drive
Maryville, Illinois 62062
Monday: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All physicians, physicians' assistants, and nurse practitioners providing services in this hospital are independent contractors or provide service under contract. They are not employees, agents, or servants of Anderson Hospital. These professionals are responsible for their own medical judgement, actions, and billing.
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