Here, you’ll experience a level of comfort not usually associated with the most advanced breast imaging technologies. That’s because we understand the anxieties associated with breast screening and are here to treat both you and your health.
You will be treated by some of the region’s most experienced physicians, nurses and technologists -- specially-trained in breast health. They are committed to providing all the necessary tools to maintain good breast health and to stop breast cancer before it has a chance to affect our patients' lives.
We have four digital imaging suites, each equipped with the most advanced imaging technology available. Our goal is to provide digital screening mammograms with virtually no wait times.
Every mammogram is reviewed by our computer-aided detection system and a Board Certified Radiologist, dedicated to mammography.
Because of the personal care and convenience we provide, our patients return year after year and tell others about the Breast HealthCare Center.
You now can choose to add 3D to your mammography screening. Our Breast HealthCare Center is one of only a few hospitals in Missouri to offer 3D mammography. 3D technology was approved by the FDA in 2011 and published studies show that breast cancers are often better seen in 3D because of improved resolution and visualization.
Currently, there is no supplemental reimbursement for 3D screening from Medicare or insurance plans, even though it requires doctors more time to review your exam. Therefore, we offer this optional 3D test for an additional fee of only $20 (payable today at your screening). Your screening mammogram will be billed to Medicare or your insurance as usual.
No, the 3D exam is similar to a traditional mammogram and should take approximately the same length of time.
Through generous grants from The Susan G. Komen for the Cure St Louis Affiliate and Show Me Healthy Women, the Breast HealthCare Center at Missouri Baptist Medical Center offers free mammogram screenings and breast health awareness and education to qualified women in need.
The Breast HealthCare Center provides:
Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Suite 630 in Building D (North Entry)
3023 N. Ballas Rd., St. Louis, MO 63131
Valet and under-building parking available. See map.
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
9450 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, St. Louis, MO 63119
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
3844 South Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63127
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Please note that our Mammography Van is not wheel-chair-accessible. If you have special needs, please let us know and we will make arrangements to accommodate you at one of our other locations.
To schedule a mammogram or other service, call 314-996-5170 or 800-870-5731.
Walk-ins for routine mammograms are welcome, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
One of four women diagnosed with breast cancer at the Breast HealthCare Center are under age 50, according to data at Missouri Baptist – leading physicians here to reaffirm women 40 to 49 need annual mammograms. Screening offers the best chance of detecting early breast cancer.
“Under the current American Cancer Society screening guidelines, it is well documented that breast cancer deaths have dropped 30 percent in women of all ages,” said Geoffrey Hamill, MD, PhD, section chief of mammography. Early detection of cancer is key.
Micro calcifications are small mineral deposits in breast tissue. Although very small, they can be detected by a digital mammogram. They usually do not mean cancer is present. If the calcifications look suspicious for cancer, however, a biopsy is performed.
Macro calcifications are larger mineral deposits in breast tissue. They can be caused by cancer, but most likely are caused by aging of the breast arteries, old injuries or inflammation, and are found in about half of women over 50.
About 180,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed every year in the United States. The vast majority of the women will survive breast cancer. Surgical treatment of breast cancer has become less and less invasive, while achieving these results.
Lumpectomy is an important advance in breast surgery. Cancer is removed, sparing the breast itself and offer women less trauma, a superior cosmetic result and quicker return to activities. They are best-suited for single, small cancers.
The earlier cancer is detected, the better the chances of survival. 28 percent of breast cancers are detected in women between the ages of 40-50, so start your yearly mammogram screenings at age 40.