Columbus Regional Health's Breast Health Center has one clear purpose: to offer the best, most comprehensive breast health care possible.
Focused on giving you the personal care and attention that you deserve, our staff consists of kind, caring, and passionate people who are purely dedicated to breast health. We offer complete education resources, rapid diagnostic testing, and the latest technology for breast cancer treatment and recovery.
Being the first Breast Health Center in southeastern Indiana to provide this technology, digital mammography allows us to provide the highest quality of care in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer. The earlier breast cancer is found, the more treatment options are available, including MammoSite, advanced technology for targeted radiation therapy.
At The Breast Health Center we provide both mammogram screening and diagnostic mammograms. Mammogram screening is routinely performed on women over forty who have no clinical signs of breast disease, no serious family history of breast disease, or no past personal history of breast disease and our read by our board-certified radiologists. A Mammogram screening looks for the very early signs of breast cancer.
A diagnostic mammogram is performed using the same specialized digital technology but includes extra mammographic x-ray images employing different angles, positions, or magnification techniques. These diagnostic images are reviewed by a board certified radiologist with the patient the same day as the mammogram. A diagnostic mammogram is performed to resolve a particular question related to the breast.
Breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is an advanced imaging tool, that when partnered with an annual screening mammogram, gives your physician the best chance of detecting breast cancer. Breast MRI is not a replacement for mammography but rather supplements the information provided by mammography. Your physician may request a Breast MRI if more detail is needed about a possible abnormality. It is a valuable tool when determining the most appropriate course of treatment.
Breast ultrasound is a noninvasive (the skin is not pierced) procedure used to assess the breasts. Ultrasound technology allows quick visualization of the breast tissue. Ultrasound may also be used to assess blood flow to areas inside the breasts. The examination is often used along with mammography.
Women who need screening mammograms can be seen within one week. Diagnostic mammograms can usually be scheduled within 24-48 hours and if a biopsy is necessary, it can often be performed the same day.
The Breast Health Center was the first hospital in the area to offer a Breast Health Navigator Program to support our breast cancer patients. The navigator nurse is a helpful resource and warm, familiar face to assist throughout breast cancer treatment and recovery, allowing the patient to focus their energy on health and recovery.
Another example of our commitment to care is our on-staff bilingual technician who speaks English and Spanish. And if translation is needed for other languages, we are committed to finding a qualified medical professional who speaks your native language.
Digital Mammography Assistance Program
If you need a mammogram, but can't afford one, the Breast Health Center, through support from the Columbus Regional Hospital Foundation, provides a Mammogram Assistance Program. If you qualify you can get a screening mammogram for $5. To find out if you qualify and to schedule your annual screening mammogram, call the Breast Health Center at 812-376-5064.
What is MAP?
The Mammography Assistance Program of the Breast Health Center, Columbus Regional Hospital, provides digital screening mammograms at a nominal fee ($5) to uninsured women between the ages of 40 and 64 and who need financial assistance for an annual mammogram. Women who qualify for MAP services have household incomes too high to be eligible for government assistance but do not earn enough to afford screening mammograms through employee health insurance or by direct payment. MAP funds cover clinical costs of the initial screenings, and the Center's nurses, mammography technologists, and office staff donate their time and expertise. MAP services also include support for Hispanic/Latino women who need bilingual and economic support.
The Breast Health Center seeks feedback from all patients who receive services at the Center and looks for innovative ways to support women's breast health. Outreach activities include workplace and clinical screening programs, communication with area medical practices, partnerships with community clinics, and educational programming. The Breast Health Center has staff trained to provide Nurse Navigator services for all women identified for additional diagnosis and treatment procedures and to work with individuals on a case-by-case basis to resolve barriers and obstacles to getting the care they need.
We need something more than hope to beat breast cancer. We’ve joined with the National Breast Cancer Coalition and we commit to ending breast cancer by 1/1/2020. We are changing the conversation; we are giving breast cancer nowhere to hide. We are giving breast cancer a deadline! We are committed to your breast health!