Breast Health Center

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812-376-5064

2326 18th Street
Columbus, IN

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Early Detection Is Key

Fighting breast cancer can be a physical and emotional roller coaster. As specialists in this field we understand our patients' multi-faceted needs on any given day and have found that a personalized approach gives patients an advantage. Modern technology helps us a great deal, but so does our compassion.

Breast cancer will affect an average of one in eight women sometime in their lifetime. Fortunately, early detection is the key to successful treatment. Studies have shown that, when detected early, the chance for successful treatment of breast cancer is nearly 100%.

An annual mammogram plays a central part in the fight against breast cancer because it can detect changes in the breast that may otherwise go unnoticed. In most cases, mammography can identify an abnormal breast mass as much as two years before it can be detected by touch.

High Quality Care

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 also have at our disposal the full range of diagnostic capabilities available to doctors today:

  • 3D Digital Mammography is advanced technology that allows breast tissue to be viewed in several, very thin layers, providing sharper, clearer views of breast tissue. A 3D mammogram, also known as Digital Tomosynthesis or "tomo," takes multiple X-ray pictures of each breast from many angles. The breast is positioned the same way it is in a conventional mammogram, and a little pressure (compression) is still applied — discomfort is minimal for most women. This new technology makes it easier to see dense breast tissue and makes breast exams more detailed and better able to distinguish abnormalities.
    Learn more about our 3D Mammogram
  • Breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is an advanced imaging tool that is used when more detail is needed. Breast MRI is not a replacement for mammography but rather supplements the information provided by mammography.
  • Genetic Testing and Counseling (BRCA) is offered by oral rinse to patients who meet guidelines based on personal or family history, indicating a higher risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. The test is offered to identified patients at their annual mammogram.
  • Ultrasound Imaging can determine whether a breast abnormality is a fluid-filled cyst or solid mass and may be used in addition to a screening mammogram. Ultrasound imaging delivers no radiation, therefore posing no risk to women who may be pregnant.

Having all of these options means good news for patients, as we are now catching problems earlier and earlier, enabling us to more effectively prevent the spread of cancer. Better tools and promising new drug therapies also help us help treat and stop cancer, if you have been diagnosed.

Expert Staff, Top-Notch Facility

Our staff consists of kind, caring and passionate people who are only focused on breast health. We want you to feel comfortable, and we want to assist you in any way possible. We understand the special fears and anxieties women have about mammography and breast cancer. Here, you will never feel like a number. The atmosphere is relaxed, and we will meet with you in private consulting and exam rooms. You will not be rushed, and you will have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you need.

Our tireless efforts on behalf of women in this community also include outreach activities like workplace and clinical screening programs, communication with area medical practices, partnerships with community clinics, and educational programming.

Language isn't a barrier to comprehensive care at the Breast Health Center. We have an on-staff bilingual technician, who speaks English and Spanish. If translation is needed for other languages, we will seek the assistance of a qualified medical professional that speaks those patients’ language, too.

Nurse Navigators

As the area's first provider of digital mammography, our commitment to providing top quality care is clear. We were the first hospital in the area to offer a Breast Health Navigator program to support our breast cancer patients with a warm, familiar face and someone who consistently assists throughout breast cancer treatment and recovery; from keeping track of appointments to keeping spirits up, and everything in between. Always looking to innovate, we were the first breast health center in the area to have professional, certified breast care nurses to offer extensive education to our breast cancer patients, their families and the community.

Breast Health Navigators are specialized registered nurses who work with patients diagnosed with breast cancer to help them through treatment and recovery. They provide education and support to meet the physical, emotional and social needs of the patient.

Our Breast Health Navigators are all Certified Breast Care Nurses (CBCN). CBCN is the only accredited certification program that is available exclusively to registered nurses and encompasses the entire spectrum of breast care nursing practice.

Board Certified Radiologists work closely with the Breast Health Center team to interpret exams and work with patients to provide results quickly.

Board Certified Breast Surgeons from Southern Indiana Surgery (SIS) are knowledgeable and experienced and work closely with our Breast Health Center staff. SIS has offices on the Columbus Regional Health campus, making them conveniently available for consultation.

Comprehensive Care

We understand the fears and anxieties that women have about mammography and breast cancer. If you need a screening mammogram, you can be seen within one week. Diagnostic mammograms, performed to resolve a particular question related to the breast, can usually be scheduled within 24-48 hours. These diagnostic images will be reviewed by a board certified radiologist and discussed with you during that visit. If a biopsy is necessary, it can often be performed the same day, decreasing the time you have to wait for an answer. Do you have signs or symptoms of breast cancer? Find out what to watch for and learn about breast cancer screening guidelines using the helpful links below.

Symptoms and Signs of Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

Mammogram Assistance Program (MAP)

Through support from the Columbus Regional Health Foundation, the Breast Health Center is able to offer the Mammogram Assistance Program. Thanks to that support, we can provide qualifying women a screening mammogram for the nominal payment of just $5.

Women who qualify for Mammogram Assistance Program (MAP) 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 the clinical costs of the initial screenings, while the Center's nurses, mammography technologists, and office staff donate their time and expertise toward the effort. We will work with individuals on a case-by-case basis to resolve any barriers and obstacles that are preventing getting care that’s needed.

To find out if you qualify, call the Breast Health Center at 812-376-5064.

3D Mammography Exams (New!)

2d vs 3d mammography comparison

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Looking at slices from the 3D mammogram exam, the doctor can now determine if the tissue is in fact normal breast tissue creating the illusion of an abnormal area. In situations like these patients likely avoid a callback for an additional mammogram.

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3D "Tomo"

"I'm a fighter"

Stories of Strength - Sue Wallace and husband Roger

Sue Wallace doesn’t look like a stereotypical cancer patient. That’s because Sue can’t help but project who she really is – a strong woman who sees herself as a survivor every day she continues her fight.

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Cheryl's Story - Surviving Breast Cancer


Cheryl Kenyon knows first-hand how important it is to get an annual mammogram. Despite not showing any symptoms, her mammogram showed a mass that was cancerous. Read "Healthy and Thriving: Cheryl's Story" on the CRH Healthy Tomorrow blog.

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Coordinated Cancer Treatment

Our team understands that a well-coordinated treatment plan is beneficial for our patients. Follow the link below to learn more.

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