For education and early detection, St. Anthony's Breast Center provides area women with comprehensive, advanced breast health care services in four convenient locations:
Appointments can be made easily for all listed services with just one call. Simply call 1-314-525-1300 or 1-800-991-7262 to schedule.
3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis)
St. Anthony’s comprehensive, advanced breast care services offers the latest technology in breast cancer detection: digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), also known as three-dimensional or 3D mammography. 3D mammography can more accurately detect cancers than conventional mammograms, and has been shown to reduce the number of false positive results.
Conventional mammograms offer views of the breast from two angles. 3D imaging is similar to CT (computed tomography) technology in that it performs a series of X-rays from many angles in an arc across the breast. Then, using a computer, radiologists synthesize a three-dimensional image of the breast. Digital breast tomosyntehesis is much better at delineating what might be cancerous in a dense breast such as microcalcifications or a subtle mass. Digital breast tomosynthesis is most useful for women who have dense breast tissue, which is about 40 percent of all women.
3D Mammography is available at St. Anthony's Breast Center at the Plaza. The remainder of our locations (Fenton, St. Anthony's at Southwest Medical Center and the main hospital) use traditional digital mammography.
The Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) system is a diagnostic tool for review of mammograms that mark suspicious areas for the radiologist to take a second look. This system helps the doctor make a more informed decision about whether a patient needs to return for further testing.
MRI is an advanced technology used to view an abnormality of the breast. An MRI uses no X-rays, so there is no exposure to radiation.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
If an abnormality is detected on a mammogram or ultrasound, St. Anthony’s Breast Center offers stereotactic breast biopsy, a procedure that determines if cancer is present. A breast biopsy can be performed effectively under local anesthetic, with little or no discomfort. Stereotactic breast biopsy is an outpatient procedure performed by a certified radiologist, assisted by a mammography technologist.
Another biopsy method is ultrasound-guided biopsy. This method may also be used for aspiration of cysts.
Bone Density Scans
Osteoporosis is a medical condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle and commonly results in a fracture in the spine, hip or wrist. Causes of Osteopenia and Osteoporosis include:
For your convenience, you may schedule a bone density scan at the same time you schedule your mammogram at the Breast Center by calling 314-525-1300. This is a safe and painless screening performed with the patient fully clothed. It takes about five minutes to complete. A bone density scan is covered by most insurance programs, but it must be ordered by a physician.
Our Multidisciplinary Team Includes:
St. Anthony’s is the only hospital in the region with a defined Fast Track policy for handling diagnostic mammograms. This policy eliminates the stress women experience while trying to schedule follow-up tests, which commonly takes a week or more elsewhere.
Completely designed around the patient, the goals of the Fast Track program is to obtain accurate images and biopsies as fast as possible with imaging results that day and biopsy pathology reports within 48 hours or less. This quick turnaround service helps alleviate a woman’s anxiety or helps her to seek treatment immediately.
The risk of developing breast cancer is different for each woman, depending on lifestyle and personal traits known as risk factors.
The following risk factors are strongly related to the disease:
To schedule your screening mammogram, call 314-525-1300.