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When it comes to breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment, the UHS Breast Center brings you the most up-to-date technology and medical information on breast health, combined with compassionate physicians and staff committed to providing you with the very best care possible.

We offer a complete range of screening, diagnostic, treatment and follow-up services, including mammography, ultrasonography, galactograms, stereotactic biopsy with mammotome, cytopathology, lymphedema services and lab services. Our staff includes on-site radiologists, cytopathologists, nurse practitioners, technologists and other experts in the early detection of breast cancer.

To learn more about our comprehensive breast care services, explore the links below and on the left. You may also wish to contact the UHS Breast Center for additional information by calling: 607-240-2847.

At the UHS Breast Center Vestal we offer early morning, late night, and Saturday hours for mammogram appointments:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday:  6:45 am to 4:30 pm

Tuesday:  6:45 am to 8:00 pm

Saturday:  7:30 am to 3:00 pm

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3D Mammography

UHS can provide you with the latest 3D technology for breast cancer screening

As part of our ongoing commitment to you, we are proud to offer 3D mammography the latest in breast cancer screening, available right here at the UHS Breast Center.

A 3D mammogram consists of multiple breast images taken in just seconds to produce a 3D image. The doctor looks through the tissue one millimeter at a time seeing detail in a way never before possible.

For women who undergo routine mammograms, 3D is another option and the latest diagnostic technology available.

To schedule your 3D mammogram at the UHS Breast Center in Vestal call: 607-240-2847

Frequently Asked Questions about 3D Mammography

Now that 3D mammography is available at our facility, you may have some questions.

What is a 3D mammography breast exam?

3D mammography is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection that can be done in conjunction with a traditional 2D digital mammogram.

During the 3D part of the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over your breast, taking multiple breast images. Then, a computer produces a 3D image of your breast tissue in one millimeter slices, providing greater visibility for the radiologist to see breast detail in a way never before possible. They can scroll through images of your entire breast like pages of a book.

The additional 3D images make it possible for a radiologist to gain a better understanding of your breast tissue during screening, significantly improving early breast cancer detection and providing the confidence to reduce the need for follow-up imaging by up to 40%.

Why is there a need for tomosynthesis breast exams? What are the benefits?

With conventional digital mammography, the radiologist is viewing all the complexities of your breast tissue in a one flat image. Sometimes breast tissue can overlap, giving the illusion of normal breast tissue looking like an abnormal area.

By also looking at the breast tissue in one millimeter slices, the radiologist can provide a more accurate exam.  In this way, 3D mammography finds 40% more invasive cancer missed with conventional 2D mammography.  It also means there is less chance your doctor will call you back later for a “second look,” because now they can see breast tissue more clearly.

What is the difference between a screening and diagnostic mammogram?

A screening mammogram is your annual mammogram that is done every year. Sometimes the radiologist may ask you to come back for follow-up images which is called a diagnostic mammogram to rule out an unclear area in the breast or if there is a breast complaint that needs to be evaluated.

What should I expect during the 3D mammography exam?

3D mammography complements standard 2D mammography and is performed at the same time with the same system.  There is no additional compression required, and it only takes a few more seconds longer for each view.

Is there more radiation dose?

Very low X-ray energy is used during the exam, just about the same amount as a traditional mammogram done on film.

Who can have a 3D mammography exam?

It is approved for all women who would be undergoing a standard mammogram, in both the screening and diagnostic settings.

Images from a breast exam:  2D vs 3D Slices

2D vs 3D

In a "conventional" 2D mammogram there appears to be an area of concern that the doctor may want to further investigate with another mammogram or biopsy. Looking at the same breast tissue in 3D mammography image slices, the doctor can now see that the tissue is in fact normal breast tissue that was overlapping in the traditional mammogram creating the illusion of an abnormal area. In this scenario this patient likely avoided a callback for an additional mammogram thanks to the 3D mammography exam technology.

UHS Breast Center Physicians

Michael J. Farrell, MD, FACSDr. Michael J. Farrell
Medical Co-Director, UHS Breast Center

Michael J. Farrell, MD, is board certified in general surgery. He completed medical school at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa., and performed a residency in surgery at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. To schedule an appointment, call 607.240.2885.

Andrea Rothe, MD
Medical Co-Director, UHS Breast Center

Andrea Rothe, MD, is a board-certified radiologist. She received her medical degree from the University of Miami and completed her residency and a fellowship at the University of MarylandDr. Camelia Lawrence, MDin Baltimore. She also practices at Park Avenue Associates in Radiology in Johnson City. Her office number is 607.763.6104.

Camelia Lawrence, MD

Camelia Lawrence, MD, is a fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist (the only one in the area). Her practice is exclusively dedicated to the area of breast disease. She received her medical degree from the University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y., and completed specialty training at New York Medical College, Valhalla, N.Y., and fellowship training at the John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, Calif. To schedule an appointment, call 607.240.2885.

Park Avenue Associates in Radiology

The radiologists at Park Avenue Associates in Radiology have been reviewing mammograms and other imaging studies for the UHS Breast Center for more than three decades and are an invaluable part of the center team. Since there is always a radiologist at the center, they are easily accessible for consultations with our staff and surgeons. To reach Park Avenue Associates in Radiology, call 607.763.6104.

Radiologists at Park Avenue Associates in Radiology:

Andrew Goldschmidt, MD
Anwer Puthawala, MD
Andrea Rothe, MD
Brendan Skonieczki, MD
Peter Nicholson, M.D

UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital

UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital offers digital mammograms and a breast surgeon.  For more information on services offered in Norwich and the surrounding areas, please call 607-337-4111.

UHS Delaware Valley Hospital

UHS Delaware Valley Hospital offers digital mammograms.

Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 7:00 pm

Some weekend appointments are available.

For more information on services offered in Walton and the surrounding areas, please call 607-865-2126.

Patient Care at the UHS Breast Center

Susan Kost, RNThe UHS Breast Center at Vestal offers private waiting rooms for each patient. And through our unique “Pearls of Wisdom” program patients receive a free, sterling, freshwater pearl necklace at their first mammogram at the center. At each annual mammogram thereafter they receive another pearl to add to their necklace.

Should you need it, you can be assured that UHS has a complete cancer program, including medical and surgical oncology and radiation. Nutrition counseling, social services and emotional support are available to you and your loved ones.

But most important, Breast Center patients get personal service. If a patient’s mammogram shows an abnormality, Breast Center program manager Susan Kost, RN, contacts the patient to explain the findings, options and next steps. From this point forward Kost remains in contact with the patient and her physician, assisting with specialist appointments, arranging additional testing, and providing counseling and education.

Patients diagnosed with cancer will find that UHS is a leading provider of oncology care, offering a comprehensive cancer program that was recently given an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

Accreditation

National Accreditation Program for Breast CentersThe UHS Breast Center is the first facility in Greater Binghamton to receive full, three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, placing us among an elite group of medical centers where the full spectrum of breast care is available and meets the highest clinical standards. Accreditation by this national organization, a branch of the American College of Surgeons, is awarded only to centers that have voluntarily committed to the highest standards and agree to undergo a rigorous performance review.

In addition, the Cancer Program at UHS Wilson Medical Center has received accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. This award is bestowed only on those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest quality of cancer care. It confirms that our patients have access to comprehensive care, state-of-the-art technology and a multispecialty team to coordinate the best treatment options.

Schedule a Mammogram

You can schedule your mammogram at any of these locations:

UHS Breast Center Vestal (map): 607-762-2494
UHS Delaware Valley Hospital (map): 607-865-2126
UHS Imaging Norwich (map): 607-337-4999
UHS Imaging Sidney (map): 607-561-2212

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