The Breast Center

The Breast Center at Glens Falls Hospital has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, breast MRI, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that this facility has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

The Breast Center at Glens Falls Hospital is an integral part of the C.R. Wood Cancer Center. They offer the latest in digital screening technology, such as 3D mammography with 3D guided breast biopsy capabilities, with their team of Radiologists and Technologists specializing in high quality breast imaging. Their integrated team of providers, nurses, and support staff are committed to providing patient-centered care and continue to maintain high standards for the personalized and compassionate approach to each of their patients’ needs. Specialized breast care nurses in the Breast Center provide clinical care, support, education, and coordination of future breast care needs for all patients.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Our Differences Are Real and Important

  • We offer the latest in digital screening technology.
    Our full-field digital mammography system helps doctors detect breast cancer in its earliest stages by providing sharper, more detailed images of breast tissue.
  • We give you time and attention.
    Every image we take provides important information about your
    health, We take the time to ensure we get the best images possible. We also offer optional clinical breast exams by specially trained nurses.
  • Our staff makes our technology even better.
    With mammograms, the best quality image is greatly dependent on the skill of the technologist. Our highly-trained technologists provide doctors with the best quality images and perspectives.
  • You get a fast diagnosis.
    One in 10 women will encounter an abnormality in her mammogram – 90 percent of which WILL NOT be breast cancer. Even so, the hours before a final diagnosis can be extremely stressful. We do everything to reduce this period of uncertainty. Working with experienced radiologists and your doctor, we quickly schedule ultrasounds and other tests, all performed at our Center, to help you quickly determine the cause of any abnormality.
  • We offer minimally invasive breast biopsies.
    If further diagnosis is required, we offer non-surgical, minimally invasive breast biopsies that provide doctors with the most accurate information as quickly as possible, and minimize your discomfort.
  • Specially-trained nurses are here to help.
    If a biopsy is required, you will be assigned a specially-trained nurse as your personal support and education provider for the duration of the diagnostic and, if necessary, treatment process.
  • We partner with leading radiologists.
    Adirondack Radiology Associates provides expert review and analysis of breast images and works closely with doctors if additional testing is required. All of the images at The Breast Center are reviewed locally, not transmitted to out-of-town facilities.
  • We are part of the The C. R. Wood Cancer Center.
    If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, you and your family will have access to the full resources of the nationally accredited C. R. Wood Cancer Center, the region's most comprehensive center for cancer treatment, research, support and education.

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a malignant or potentially life-threatening tumor. Not all breast lumps or tumors are malignant. According to the National Women's Health Information Center, most lumps are benign or non-cancerous, although any unusual lump should always be examined by a doctor.

Men can develop breast cancer; however, the disease by far occurs more in women. In fact, it's estimated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that one in eight women will developbreast cancer in their lifetime.

Glens Falls Hospital Adds 3D Mammography

Glens Falls Hospital has made another significant investment in the health of women with the addition of 3D Mammography at The Breast Center

It is estimated that approximately half of all women have dense breast tissue that can make detecting cancer with a mammogram difficult.

Glens Falls Hospital is helping to address that issue with the addition of 3D mammography technology at The Breast Center.

"This is a significant investment in the health of our community,” said Michelle Swartz, Operations Manager at The Breast Center and a longtime mammographer. “This technology allows us to examine the breast in one millimeter-thin slices, helping reduce the chance that cancer will be obscured by dense tissue.”

Breasts are made up of glands, supportive tissue and fatty tissue. Women with more glandular and supportive tissue than fatty tissue are said to have dense breast tissue. On a mammogram, dense tissue appears white, as does cancer, which can make cancer detection difficult.

With 3D mammography, known as tomosynthesis, an X-ray arm moves in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of one millimeter-thin layers, allowing doctors to review the breast tissue one layer at a time, helping reduce the chance that cancer will be missed. The mammogram process and experience for a woman is much the same as a traditional mammogram, with breast compression taking just a few seconds longer.

The Breast Center is utilizing 3D mammography for women with the two highest levels of breast density, as well as for women with a personal history of cancer or whose mother, sister or daughter have had the disease.

“There’s no question: 3D mammography will make a difference in this community,” said Dr. Christine Rowe-Button, a radiologist with Adirondack Radiology Associates who specializes in reading mammography images. “It gives us a more accurate tool for identifying breast cancer, and finding it earlier, which is a major factor in successfully fighting the disease.”

The Breast Center’s seven mammographers have gone through specialized training with the new technology, as have the radiologists of Adirondack Radiology Associates.

“Having this important tool available to us is another reason why we believe The Breast Center is a woman’s best choice for her annual mammogram,” Ms. Swartz said. “Not only do we have the latest in screening technology, if a woman has an abnormal finding, she’s able to get all of her follow-up care right here, from a more detailed diagnostic mammogram or ultrasound to biopsies.