Breast health center in Sun City Center, Florida
Having a mammogram or other breast imaging exam can be an anxiety-producing experience for many patients. That's why our experienced breast specialists at South Bay Hospital's Center for Breast Health combine clinical expertise, personalized health education and a caring touch to help relieve your stress.
To schedule an appointment, please call us at (866) 463-7002.
We're dedicated to providing expert, patient-centered care. Our Center for Breast Health is a short drive away for people who live in Sun City Center, Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Wimauma, Riverview and Parrish in southeast Hillsborough County and surrounding areas.
We offer comprehensive breast imaging services that are tailored to your breast health needs. Our Center for Breast Health offers:
- Advanced 3D mammography technology
- Comfortable, spa-like atmosphere
- Easy, flexible scheduling.
The American College of Radiology accredited many of our imaging services, including mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound.
Breast diagnostic services
Our radiologists offer a range of breast diagnostic services, such as:
- Breast lymphoscintigraphy
- Breast ultrasound
- Digital mammography, including:
- 2D mammograms
- 3D mammograms, with or without curved breast stabilization system
- Guided breast biopsy, stereotactic and ultrasound
We may use a combination of these exams to better understand your breast health. The more precise the diagnosis, the more effective your treatment plan will be.
Mammograms are the gold standard for finding breast cancer in its early stages. Digital mammography produces a higher quality image than traditional mammography. Digital mammograms involve special X-ray equipment, which provide images that radiologists can manipulate on a computer.
Our radiologists evaluate your digital mammogram with the aid of computer-assisted detection (CAD) software. This special system increases the accuracy of their evaluation of your mammogram. The enhanced images allow doctors to more easily target areas of concern that may require more testing.
Digital mammograms offer many benefits compared to traditional mammograms, including:
- Detection of breast abnormalities in women 50 years old and younger
- Detection of breast abnormalities in women with dense breast tissue, who are often at higher risk for breast cancer
- Faster results for patients
- Higher quality images
- Shorter exam times for patients
3D mammography delivers a series of high-resolution images of different layers of the breast. This technology provides screening accuracy and allows doctors to examine your breast tissue layer by layer. Instead of viewing the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, as with 2D mammography, fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by tissue.
Additionally, we offer our 3D mammograms with the improved comfort of a curved breast stabilization system. The curved design of the compression device mirrors the shape of a woman’s breast to reduce pinching and applies uniform compression over the entire breast for added comfort.
Advantages of 3D mammography include:
- Available with comfort-assured breast compression stabilization system
- Detects more invasive cancers compared to 2D mammography
- Fewer callbacks for additional exams
- Reduced false positives
- Superior exam for women with dense breasts
Guided breast biopsy: stereotactic and ultrasound
Physicians can use several technologies to guide minimally invasive biopsies of breast tissue to check for cancer. These guided biopsies enable the physician to precisely locate and target the cells for biopsy. Each technique uses a different technology to produce images:
- Stereotactic uses special X-ray equipment.
- Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves.
This procedure determines if breast cancer has spread to lymph nodes near the breast. During this procedure, your physician injects the breast with radioactive tracer material, which then spreads to nearby lymph nodes. Then, your physician uses a special camera to take images of the breast, chest and armpit areas to determine if any lymph nodes have become cancerous.
This diagnostic procedure studies a specific area found on the mammogram or on a lump discovered by the patient. Breast ultrasounds are used in conjunction with mammograms. Due to their limited scope, they cannot be used as a replacement for a mammogram.
When will I receive my results?
If an abnormality is found in your mammogram, the average waiting time to receive the screening results is 48 hours. Your physician will be contacted immediately with your results and will review and discuss them with you.