Procedures and Services
The Samaritan Breast Center at Good Samaritan North Health Center is completely focused on detecting and treating breast cancer. With advanced imaging technology and a highly skilled staff, our patients can be confident they’re receiving the best treatment possible in the area.
The experienced staff at the Samaritan Breast Center provides high-quality, consistent results and caring services to our patients.
Radiologist Dr. Diane H. Anderson and surgeon Dr. Thomas A. Heck serve as our Co-Medical Directors. They are dedicated to providing advanced breast cancer detection through the latest diagnostic imaging technology available. Both physicians maintain offices onsite. Having Dr. Anderson and Dr. Heck as Co-Medical Directors is a unique advantage because they provide both the diagnostic perspective of an expert radiologist and the clinical perspective of an expert breast surgeon.
Our full-time Breast Care Coordinator helps patients who have mammogram results that may indicate cancer. After patients receive their diagnosis, the Breast Care Coordinator provides education, support, and resources. She helps to coordinate their care while building trust and confidence in their treatment program and helps ensure continuity of care.
Digital imaging allows the Samaritan Breast Center to provide advanced diagnosis. We use computer-aided detection (CAD) technology to scan the images and mark any suspicious-looking areas. These areas are then studied in more detail by the radiologist, who can determine if further evaluation is needed. The R2 Imagechecker increases the accuracy of early-stage cancer diagnosis to 98 percent.
One of the most recent advances in x-ray mammography is digital mammography. Digital (computerized) mammography is similar to standard mammography in that x-rays are used to produce detailed images of the breast. Digital mammography uses essentially the same mammography system as conventional mammography, but the system is equipped with a digital receptor and a computer instead of a film cassette.
The Samaritan Breast Center is dedicated to detecting and treating breast cancer. Because the Cancer Center and the Outpatient Surgery Center are in the same building, we can provide comprehensive screening, diagnostic, and treatment procedures at one location, making the process simple and convenient for patients. Samaritan Breast Center staff members go out of their way to coordinate care, including obtaining medical images from other locations.
Education and Support
All education and consultation with patients is done one-on-one and in private so that patients can feel more comfortable.
The award winning book "A Woman's Journey Toward Healing" is given to each breast cancer patient by the Breast care Coordinator.
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