The Women's Health Center
The Women’s Health Center of St. Francis Hospital is a state-of-the-art imaging center committed to women’s health and education. The radiologists at the center are each board certified through the American College of Radiology. Under the leadership of our new Director of Women’s Imaging Services, Angela Capo-Granata, M.D., our dedicated team of physicians, nurses, and technologists are experts in the latest techniques that provide the earliest diagnosis of many women’s health issues. We have recently completed an expansion and renovation and are pleased to offer the latest technology available, along with a high level of comfort, convenience, and patient-focused care.
A wide range of diagnostic and interventional modalities are offered:
- Pre-operative studies including Scout and wire localizations prior to surgical excision
- Digital breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography) with computer-aided detection (CAD)
- Stereotactic core biopsy
- Breast MRI and MRI-guided breast biopsy
- Ultrasound including breast, pelvic, and sonohysterography (saline hysterograms)
- Ultrasound core biopsy
- Bone densitometry
At the Women’s Health Center, we are committed to treating each patient with dignity and respect. We understand that patients may experience fear or anxiety when undergoing a medical examination. That is why we provide same-day results for mammography and breast ultrasounds. If an abnormality is found, our physicians will discuss a number of options for further analysis, including stereotactic or ultrasound guided needle core biopsy or MRI evaluation.
The Women's Health Center of St. Francis Hospital is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), which has designated the facility a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. We are accredited in the following: digital breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography), stereotactic breast biopsy with Affirm, breast ultrasound, ultrasound guided breast biopsy, and gynecological ultrasound services. We also have a certified genetic counselor available upon request.
Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Evening hours are also available. Parking is easy and close to the facility. Most major health insurance plans are accepted. To schedule an appointment, please contact our scheduling office at (516) 705-6627.
We evaluate and diagnose several women’s health issues:
- Breast cancer
- Lump/mass in breast
- Fibrocystic changes
- Carcinoma in situ
- Mammographic microcalcifications
- Malignant neoplasm of nipple and areola
- Implant leakage
- Malignant neoplasm of male breast and gynecomastia
Localization Prior To Surgical Excision - New at The Women’s Center is a procedure called SCOUT Localization which involves placement of a reflector, a tiny device about the size of a grain of rice into the breast prior to surgery. The system then uses safe, non-radioactive radar waves to detect the reflector’s location within the breast. The reflector is then activated in the operating room when your surgeon uses the SCOUT system to locate and remove both the tumor and the reflector.
Biopsy - If your mammogram or breast ultrasound has revealed an abnormality, your Women’s Center physician may recommend an ultrasound, stereotactic, or MRI-guided breast biopsy. Studies show that these procedures are as definitive as an open surgical biopsy and have a shorter recovery time. There is minimal scarring to the breast, and the procedures are well tolerated.
Breast MRI - Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a sensitive and painless technique for diagnosing early breast cancer. It also helps determine the extent of the cancer in patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, or those with a strong family history of breast carcinoma. Breast MRI is also used in the evaluation of possible breast implant rupture.
MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy - Magnetic resonance imaging biopsy is a highly accurate way to evaluate suspicious tissue in areas of the breast which are sometimes only seen on the MRI images.
Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3D-Mammography) with Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) - uses low doses of x-rays to look at the breast tissue and detects cancers that may be too small for you or your doctor to feel. This technology affords sharp images with thin sections through the breast through computer generated imaging. Starting at age 40 (or earlier if you have a family history of breast cancer) you should have a mammogram every year. Early detection is the best defense.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy - Also called x-ray-guided breast biopsy, this procedure permits precise three-dimensional positioning of a needle to obtain tissue samples. This is based on an area of concern previously noted on the mammogram.
Ultrasound (Breast/Pelvis/Sonohysterography) - Ultrasonography is a non-invasive imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves for viewing the breast or pelvis. Ultrasound can distinguish a cyst from a solid lesion, which may rule out the need for a biopsy. Ultrasonography can also evaluate pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding, fibroids, and ovarian cysts or masses.
Ultrasound Breast Biopsy - This is a highly accurate way to evaluate palpable and non-palpable suspicious masses that are visible on ultrasound, and then with ultrasound guidance the radiologist can biopsy the area of concern.
Bone Density Testing - A bone densitometry scan is a simple, painless examination that detects osteoporosis. When a woman goes through menopause, reduced hormone levels increase the risk of osteoporosis, a disease which leads to bone fragility and weakness. If left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks. These fractures occur typically in the hip, spine and wrist.
Women’s Center Physicians
- Angela Capo-Granata, M.D., D.A.B.R, Director, Women’s Imaging Services
- Elisa Kadish, M.D., D.A.B.R.
- Patricia Barry, M.D., D.A.B.R.
Contact the Women's Health Center at (516) 629-2400.