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Breast Health Center

Breast health is important for all women and Excela Health is here to support and guide you every step of the way.

*To schedule your mammogram call: 724-689-0100

ACR Radiology

We offer a variety of services with personal and professional care, combined with advanced technology, to provide the highest quality experience for every patient. Whether it involves a simple screening mammogram, diagnostic procedure or treatment upon a diagnosis, our trained radiologists, surgeons, nurses, nurse navigators and staff at the Breast Health Center are dedicated to providing expert care to all of our patients.

SmartCurve™ System

Comfort Assured

The SmartCurve system provides a curved compression surface that offers a more comfortable patient experience without compromising image quality, exam time, dose or workflow. Clinically proven to deliver a more comfortable mammogram, the SmartCurve system improves comfort in 93% of patients who reported moderate to severe discomfort with standard compression. Additionally, 95% of patients surveyed would recommend facilities that use a SmartCurve 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.

Our mammography screening sites are certified as “Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence”, as a result of exceeding the highest quality and safety standards set by American College of Radiology.

Preventative Care

Our screening centers provide a range of services which includes nearly 40,000 mammograms performed annually to detect early signs of breast cancer. At the age of 40, women with no known breast problems should get a 3D screening mammogram to perform a general check of the breast tissue. Along with the screening, we conduct the Tyrer-Cuzick risk assessment to provide a comprehensive look at the individual's risk of develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Results of this risk assessment will be shared with your physician and can help determine whether additional testing or genetic counseling is needed. With life expectancy increasing and individual health status improving, the guidelines have also changed to recommend lifelong annual mammography screening. If any abnormalities are detected in the screening mammogram, a patient may be called back for a diagnostic mammogram or other exploratory procedures. When should I get a mammogram?

Walk-in Wednesday - Modified Availability

Walk-in Wednesday at Excela Health is the easiest way to get a mammogram with no appointment or doctor's order required! No insurance? Call 1-877-771-1234 prior to walking into one of our screening locations.

Walk-in Wednesday is ONLY at the Westmoreland Hospital campus from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Parking is available in lots marked for patient and visitor parking. Patients should enter the Heart Center Entrance located on Shearer Street.

Schedule your mammogram

To schedule your mammogram:
Schedule Online or call: 724-689-0100

View the Tyrer-Cuzick risk assessment to prepare for your appointment.

Before scheduling your mammogram, please note:
The Society of Breast Imaging has recently published considerations for patients and providers regarding scheduling of screening mammography. It has been found that the COVID vaccination may cause reactive axillary adenopathy or enlarged lymph nodes.

When possible, and when it does not unduly delay care, it is recommended that patients schedule annual screening mammography prior to the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination or 4-6 weeks following the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination.

If you would like to reschedule your screening mammogram as a result of this recent finding, please contact Excela Health Centralized Scheduling Department at 724-689-0100 for assistance.

The Square at Connellsville
854 Vanderbilt Road
Connellsville, PA 15425

The Square at Frick Hospital
508 South Church Street
Mt Pleasant, PA 15666

The Square at Latrobe
100 Excela Health Drive
Latrobe, PA 15650

The Square at Norwin
8775 Norwin Avenue
North Huntingdon, PA 15642

Westmoreland Hospital *Formerly located at Weatherwood.
532 West Pittsburgh Street
Greensburg, PA 15601

Additional Breast Diagnostic Service

While screening mammograms serve as the first line of detection, Excela Health provides a host of other diagnostic testing.

Test Description
3D mammography (Digital Breast Tomosynthesis) 3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis) is similar to a standard mammogram in that it uses X-ray technology and applies the same amount of pressure to the breast. But rather than providing two views—from top to bottom and side to side—the 3-D approach captures multiple views from a variety of angles in seconds. These multiple images of breast tissue slices give doctors a clearer image of breast masses, making it easier to detect breast cancer.

ABUS (Automated Breast Ultrasound) ABUS breast cancer screening is specifically developed to help doctors find cancers hidden in dense breast tissue, which may be missed by mammography. If you have dense breast tissue, like 40% of women in the U.S., the addition of ABUS (Automated Breast Ultrasound) screening can increase the detection of cancers.

Breast MRI Breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses radio waves and strong magnets to make detailed pictures of the inside of the breast. Breast MRI is used in breast cancer screening for women at higher than average risk. It can also be used in breast cancer diagnosis and staging.

Breast Ultrasound The ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the breast. A breast ultrasound may be performed if a suspicious lump is discovered in your breast. An ultrasound helps your doctor determine whether the lump is a fluid-filled cyst or a solid tumor. It also allows determination of the location and size of the lump.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Stereotactic breast biopsies use mammographic X-rays to locate and target the area of concern and to help guide the biopsy needle to a precise location. This technique helps ensure that the area that is biopsied is the exact area where abnormality was seen on the mammogram. It is called stereotactic because it utilizes two images taken from slightly different angles of the same location. After the sample is collected it is sent to pathology to determine if cancer cells are present.

Ultrasound-guided breast biopsies
Ultrasound imaging is used to help guide the radiologist’s instruments to the site of abnormal growth. Small samples of tissue are removed from the breast using a hollow needle and sent to pathology to determine if cancer cells are present.

MRI-guided breast biopsies
MRI guided breast biopsies use MRI technology to locate and target the area of concern to remove small samples of tissue from the breast that are sent to pathology to determine if cancer cells are present.

Ductography (Galactography) This test uses an injection of contrast material to create pictures of the inside of the breast’s milk ducts.

The Excela Health Breast Center

Sharon Goldstein

Sharon Goldstein, MD, FACS
Director of Excela Breast Center

”At Excela Health, we are committed to breast health and excellence in every way. Every patient receives the highest quality of care, latest technologies and compassionate guidance throughout their journey. We are dedicated to creating a supportive environment for our patients, during this challenging time”

Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer

Every woman carries some risk of developing breast cancer during her life. It is known that inherited mutations in certain genes raise the risk of a woman developing breast cancer and Excela Health can help to identify this genetic risk in the BRCA genes.

You can learn more through a simple oral rinse DNA study, available during consultation with our breast surgeons. The test assesses overall breast cancer risk in women even if they have no family history. This information can be useful for women trying to decide when to begin and how often to go for a screening mammogram.

The advantage of knowing you’re at high risk for developing breast cancer opens the door to options for disease prevention and early treatment intervention.

Any woman concerned about her breast cancer risk should follow up with her primary care physician or OB/GYN to discuss genetic testing options.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Being diagnosed with a breast problem can be overwhelming enough without the added stress of making your way through the health care decision-making process. We understand that stress and are here to help. Our Nurse Navigators are experienced nurses who have earned the advanced Master of Science in Nursing degree and are trained to support you throughout your treatment.

Along with offering professional guidance and knowledge, the Nurse Navigator is your designated professional guide who acts as your healthcare advocate. The navigator is not only a nurse, but a personal support system and point of contact for your care. They provide services including:

  • Communication with physicians and various community resources
  • Referral coordination for additional appointments and procedures
  • Emotional support, providing information and education to patients and their family

Commitment to Improving the Experience

Should you need surgery, Excela Health has worked to make the day of breast surgery easier, more comfortable, and safer for our patients. Magnetic seed localization is an improved alternative to the challenging wire localization method previously used to identify breast tumors. Prior to the magnetic seeds, patients had to report to radiology to have a wire inserted the day of surgery to help the surgeon identify small lesions or tumors. Now patients can have a small, radiation free, seed placed into the tumor days ahead of time making the day of surgery much less stressful. Magnetic seeds also provide an alternative to radioactive seed localization.

After Surgery

Our specialists at Excela Health recognize that surgical procedures for breast cancer place stress on the body and can lead to problems with the lymph nodes. Our experienced lymphedema specialists can assist with these nodes and swelling in an outpatient rehabilitative setting by providing techniques to relieve post-surgery swelling.

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