The majority of mammograms done at the Breast Health Center are diagnostic mammograms. A diagnostic mammogram differs from a screening—or baseline—mammogram in that it is usually ordered by a physician after an abnormal area is found on a screening mammogram or physical examination.
A mammogram is a special X-ray that can find most breast tumors up to two years before they can be felt by hand. During mammography, it is necessary to compress the breasts. Flattening the tissues enables technologists to take clearer pictures of your breasts.
The HOPE Program
FREE Mammograms for Uninsured Women
Through grant money from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, we are proud to offer this service to our patients.
If you are uninsured, over the age of 40, and have a doctor’s order for a mammogram, please call Fairview Hospital at 216.476.9012 or Lakewood Hospital at 216.529.7229 to schedule your appointment.
The Breast Health Center now offers the minimally invasive, outpatient Mammotome Breast Biopsy® System. Like the ultrasound and stereotactic procedures, the Mammotome is an image-guided procedure that helps physicians locate breast abnormalities and obtain samples for diagnosis in less than an hour. The Mammotome can be done with one small incision, without stitches and with less, if any, scarring to the breast tissue.
- The Mammotome system's probe is attached to a special stereotactic imaging table. The table is equipped with an imaging system that takes X-rays of the breast from two angles. The patient lies face down on the table where there is an opening for the breast. Similar to mammography, the breast is compressed to facilitate the biopsy under image guidance.
- Local anesthesia is administered and then a small incision is made in the breast for insertion of the sample probe. Placement of this sampling device is guided by a computerized system using x-rays. Once the probe is in position in the breast, a vacuum system gently draws tissues into a sample chamber.
- Unlike other biopsy methods, the Mammotome is capable of sampling a variety of breast abnormalities with just one small incision. The procedure has the ability to accurately sample tiny abnormalities in the breast called microcalcifications making early diagnosis of breast cancer easier.
We offer three convenient West Side locations for screening mammograms. Once the film is taken, it will be sent to Fairview Hospital's Breast Health Center for further evaluation by our radiologists.
A physician's order is required to schedule a screening mammogram.
Call 216.476.9012 to make an appointment at one of the following locations:
North Olmsted Physicians Center
24700 Lorain Rd., Suite 100
North Olmsted, OH 44070
Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center at Fairview Hospital, Moll Pavilion
18200 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44111
Westlake Medical Campus
850 Columbia Rd., Suite 320
Westlake, OH 44145