The Bellevue Hospital
offers a number of services for patients in our Breast
The Bellevue Hospital's mammography
program is accredited by the American College of
Radiology, the FDA and the Mammography Quality Standards
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The Bellevue Hospital
offer R2 Image Checker technology. It's the first FDA
approved, computer-aided detection system for screening
The R2 Checker is a kind
of spell checker for medical images. It digitizes the
mammogram, scans it for abnormalities and places a
marker on anything it finds -- even if it's barely
visible to the human eye.
Our Focus is Life:
One out of every eight
women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s a
very real fact from the American Cancer Society.
However, it is also a
fact that 90% of those women diagnosed with breast
cancer will survive that cancer if it is detected and
treated before it has spread beyond the breast.
Helping to make
early breast cancer detection and treatment more readily
available on a local level, The Bellevue Hospital has
recently initiated a Breast Care Program, using the
theme, “Our Focus is Life.”
In addition to the main goal of early detection, other
goals of the program include:
*reducing the wait
time and number of visits between test results and
*discussing care and
treatment choices with the patient on a more
*helping the patient
receive ongoing support through treatment, education,
*and using the
latest state-of-the-art equipment for detection and
all conveniently close
If a patient receives an
abnormal mammogram reading, or is referred by their
family physician, the patient will follow a “breast
care program” which may include a diagnostic mammogram
A biopsy may be
recommended. The type of biopsy will be determined on an
individual basis. Types of biopsies include
stereotactic, needle biopsy, or excision.
If the advanced
stereotactic breast biopsy procedure or the ultrasound
needle biopsy procedure is ordered, the patient will be
taken through an out-patient procedure that usually
lasts one hour.
The biopsy may also
include the use of the Sentinal Node biopsy procedure to
help determine the extent of the treatment needed.
If further treatment is
necessary, all options will be discussed with the
patient and a care plan will be developed.
During each step of the
process, the patient is informed and surrounded by
caring professionals, including family physicians,
radiologists, surgeons, pathologists, oncologists,
nurses, counselors, and others.