s part of Winthrop-University Hospital's ongoing commitment to women's health, the new Breast Imaging & Diagnostic Suite was recently opened, combining comprehensive screenings with diagnostic procedures in one facility.
Dr. Sussman carefully examines a patient's
mammogram for any abnormalities.
The Breast Imaging & Diagnostic Suite, located at 200 Old Country Road, Suite 250, is a warm and intimate setting with the most advanced technology and sophisticated diagnostic procedures. In addition to routine mammograms, ultrasounds, stereotactic biopsy, fine needle aspirations, and mammotone® core biopsy are available.
With breast cancer being the second leading cause of cancer death in women (according to the American Cancer Society), the center was designed to provide women with the necessary tools to help prevent and fight breast disease. Patients can take care of all their needs in one appointment, including the scheduling of follow-up procedures and appointments.
"Having all services in one facility is an enormous benefit to our patients, allowing them to receive answers and information immediately," said the Center's Director, Arlene Sussman, MD, a breast-imaging specialist and the Director of Winthrop's Breast Health Program in the Institute for Family Care.
Dr. Sussman stresses the importance of breast self-examination and routine mammograms to her patients as one of the best methods for prevention and early detection of breast cancer.
"Mammograms allow us to find the tiniest cancer tumors--and when you're talking about cancer, size does matter. The smaller the tumor, the better the prognosis," stated Dr. Sussman.
Dr. Sussman also explained that breast cancer is not just a woman's disease. While it is the least common form of the disease found in men (accounting for less than one percent of the cancer cases diagnosed each year), Winthrop's Breast Imaging Center and Diagnostic Suite does see more than one dozen male patients annually. "Symptoms in a male need to be treated as aggressively as in women," explained Dr. Sussman. "Three of the most common signs of male breast disease are breast masses, retraction of overlying skin and nipple discharge. Men need to be just as aware of changes in their breasts as do women," Dr. Sussman added.
The new Breast Imaging and Diagnostic Suite boasts a warm, intimate atmosphere.
The new facility also has an experienced clinical nurse specialist on-site to act as an educator and help guide patients diagnosed with breast disease through the difficult process of taking the next step.
"The Breast Imaging and Diagnostic Suite combines the excellence only an academic center can provide coupled with superior and comprehensive outpatient services," added Dr. Sussman. "The feedback we've received from our patients and the community since we opened our doors has been outstanding."
For more information on the Breast Imaging and Diagnostic Suite at Winthrop or to make an appointment, call (516) 663-2400.