Comprehensive breast center in St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Petersburg General Hospital's breast care center provides a full spectrum of services. Our highly trained health professionals provide advanced diagnostic services to detect breast cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages.

To schedule a mammogram, call us at (800) 617-7095.

Advanced breast care

Breast care is an important part of our women's health services. That's why our breast care center offers a full spectrum of screening, diagnostic and interventional services in one place. People in the St. Pete community trust us to provide them with excellent breast care because of our:

  • Assistance with the acquisition of previous mammogram films
  • Assistance identifying support resources
  • Board-certified radiologists
  • Breast Cancer Support Group
  • Computer-assisted diagnostic (CAD) enhancement
  • Convenient patient and physician access
  • Care coordination of breast health services
  • Expert radiologists with recognized breast mammography competency
  • Extended hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Multidisciplinary and collaborative care with a team of physicians
  • Nationally accredited imaging services, including mammography and ultrasound
  • Oncology nurse navigators
  • Ongoing education and disease information
  • Technologists with 75 years of combined experience

Our breast health services

We encourage women to be proactive about their breast health through monthly self-exams, clinical breast exams and annual mammogram screenings. Certain women may require additional imaging. Some of the diagnostic services we provide include:

  • Bone densitometry
  • Breast surgery
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Cyst aspiration
  • Digital screening and diagnostic mammography
  • Minimally invasive stereotactic breast biopsy
  • Minimally invasive ultrasound-guided breast biopsy
  • Minimally invasive X-ray-guided breast biopsy

Breast ultrasound

Breast ultrasounds are diagnostic procedures that are used in conjunction with mammograms. These procedures can help a physician determine if an area of the breast is a cyst or solid mass. Due to their limited scope, breast ultrasounds cannot be used as a replacement for mammograms.

Digital mammograms

Mammograms are the gold standard for finding breast cancer in its early stages. Digital mammograms use special X-ray equipment that capture images that radiologists can manipulate on a computer.

These enhanced images allow doctors to target areas of concern that may require additional testing more easily. With digital images, a physician can better differentiate cancerous tissue from healthy tissue. The technologist will view the images of the breasts at the computer workstation to ensure quality images have been captured for review. A radiologist will then examine the images and report results to either your physician or directly to the patient. Digital images can be stored permanently and printed on film or stored on a disc.

In addition to being excellent diagnostic tools for the early detection of breast cancer, digital mammography offers patients benefits, such as less radiation exposure and shorter exam times.

Digital 3D mammograms

With conventional 2D mammography, images of breast tissue are viewed in a flat image. With 3D mammography, the radiologist views high-resolution images of different layers of breast tissue. 3D mammograms are better at detecting more invasive cancers than 2D mammograms. Compared to 2D mammograms, 3D mammograms also offer the following advantages:

  • Fewer callbacks for additional exams
  • Increased comfort with the breast compression stabilization system option
  • Reduced false positives
Breast compression stabilization system

Offered as an option with our 3D mammograms, our breast compression stabilization system creates a more comfortable mammogram experience. The compression device has a curved design, which mirrors the shape of a woman's breast. This reduces pinching and applies uniform compression over the entire breast for added comfort.