Breast care and awareness is important at any stage in your life – from puberty through adolescence, the childbearing years, and then menopause. Your commitment to stay breast aware starts with healthy habits – including regular visits with your physician. Patients in the Center for Breast Health & Imaging are under the care of a team of highly-competent and skilled physicians and caregivers. We offer the latest tools in the diagnosis and management of breast disease and are dedicated to providing women of all ages with advanced, compassionate care.
Both physicians at the Center have special interest in breast disease and have completed additional hours of training in the field. Board-certified in general surgery, they are also members of the American Medical Association and the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
In addition to the knowledge and expertise of Drs. Methvin and Shoemake, our staff has a long tenure in the area of breast care. All of our radiologic technicians are certified in mammographic radiography and are committed to providing high-quality, compassionate care.
Our Center’s diagnostic services are certified by the American College of Radiology, ensuring the tests meet rigorous quality standards, and we are a member of the prestigious National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc. So, it’s easy to see why so many women turn to us for their care.
The OCH Center for Breast Health & Imaging offers a patient assistance fund to help cover screenings and services for uninsured women in need of breast care.
To be eligible for assistance, an individual must not be covered by a third party insurer, workman’s compensation or be eligible for a governmental program such as Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, CHIP or Vocational Rehabilitation. The eligible individual may be a Medicaid patient with benefits which have expired or are not covered by any third party payers. Individual family income must be less than 200% of the current Federal Poverty Income Guideline published by the Department of Health and Human Services.
A woman should begin practicing breast self-examination by the age of 20 and continue the practice throughout her life – even during pregnancy and after menopause. BSE should be done regularly at the same time every month. Regular BSE helps you to know how your breasts normally feel so that you can more readily detect any change.
Breast Self-Exam Instructions (from American Cancer Society)
A breast examination by a physician or nurse trained to evaluate breast problems should be part of every woman’s routine physical exam. Between the ages of 20 and 39, women should have a clinical breast examination by a health professional every three years. After age 40, women should have a breast examination by a health professional every year.
This is one of the latest and most advanced screening tools for the detection of breast cancer. It takes an electronic image of the breast and stores it directly in a computer, allowing the recorded data to be enhanced, magnified or manipulated for further evaluation. This type of mammography has been found to be more accurate in detecting breast cancer earlier in women who are under 50, have dense breasts or are pre-menopausal.
This technology makes it possible to determine the nature of many breast problems. It is also helpful in guiding the fine needle biopsies of the breast.
This minimally invasive outpatient procedure uses advanced computer imaging to map the precise location of an abnormality seen on a mammogram and aids in removing the tissue with pinpoint accuracy. A local anesthetic is used for this simple and safe procedure.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast is an aid in the surgical management of patients with documented breast cancer. It is also a definitive test for abnormalities of breast implants, such as rupture. In the future, breast MRI may be a screening tool for high-risk patients.
The Center for Breast Health & Imaging also offers bone densitometry testing. This test involves a simple, painless scan that measures the bone mineral content and density of certain bone sites that are likely to fracture if osteoporosis or another bone disease is present.