Breast Services/Mammography

Saint Joseph Hospital
Breast Imaging Department
2900 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60657
773-665-3060
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Early detection is key in the fight against breast cancer. And one of your best defenses in early detection is a mammogram. At Saint Joseph Hospital, we offer state-of-the-art mammography care and convenient scheduling.

What can I expect?

The best diagnosis and treatment, thanks to all-digital imaging technology and our staff. Our Breast Imaging Department is accredited by the American College of Radiology and includes 10 board-certified radiologists with advanced training in the interpretation of full-field digital mammography.

How do I make an appointment?

Appointments are available every day, including evenings, and can be scheduled generally within 24-to-48 hours. Call 773-665-3060 to make your appointment today. Learn more.

* Women with a written order from a physician can generally get in for an appointment within 24-to-48 hours from the time they call, depending on the day of the week. Saturday is the busiest day for appointments.

What does full-field digital mammography mean?

  • Advanced imaging - The technology is noted for its ability to emphasize contrasts and identify abnormalities that may not be as visible on traditional film mammography.
  • Less exposure to radiation - The radiation dose can be reduced by up to 50% with digital mammography - and still detect breast cancer.
  • Reduced exam time - Digital mammography results in shorter examination times and significantly improved patient comfort and convenience.
  • A built-in “second opinion” - Digital mammography is used in conjunction with a computer aided detection system – often referred to as a second opinion – that identifies potential concerns even before the radiologist views the results.

Why are mammogram screenings important?

  • 80% of all women diagnosed with breast cancer have no history of it in their family and your risk increases with age.
  • Two-thirds of newly diagnosed breast cancers show no signs that the cancer has spread beyond the breast. Most women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer are candidates for treatment that saves the breast.
  • Research has shown that breast cancer deaths for African American women was 68% higher than non-African Americans and were shown to have more aggressive tumors.

Digital mammography is particularly beneficial for women with dense or thick breasts, women under age 50, and pre- and peri-menopausal women.

Other Services

  • Breast Ultrasound - Also known as sonography, breast ultrasound is often used to assess abnormalities with reflected high-frequency sound waves that produce an image. This technique enables imaging from almost any angle and distinguishes between noncancerous cysts and other masses that may require further evaluation.
  • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy - Removes tissue samples from the breast using a hollow needle. The needle is guided by a computer-controlled system using visual coordinates taken from a mammogram. The examination requires only local anesthesia. In many instances, stereotactic breast biopsies avoid the need for surgery.

Learn about even more imaging and cancer services available at Saint Joseph Hospital.

Making an Appointment is Easy

Appointments are available seven days a week:

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday 7 am to 4:30 pm
Sunday (appointments are available
twice a month, every other week)
7:30 am to 2:30 pm

You can generally be seen within 24-to-48 hours (with written order from a physician) of making an appointment -- screening time is about 20 minutes. Call 773-665-3060 today -- give yourself peace of mind.

At Saint Joseph Hospital, we understand how busy you are, and we value your time as well as your health. That’s why we offer easy scheduling and a convenient location, right at 2900 North Lake Shore Drive, Third Floor. Get directions.

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