Breast care center in San Antonio
At Methodist Healthcare, we have the first and only breast center in South Texas accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). We set the standard for interdisciplinary management of patients with breast disease and offer free education, support and guidance through all phases of their journey.
For more information about our breast health services, please call the Methodist Healthcare HealthLine at (210) 575-0355.
Methodist Healthcare's preferred breast imaging services partner is South Texas Radiology Imaging Center (STRIC). With multiple locations throughout San Antonio and accreditation from the American College of Radiology, STRIC provides a high level of personal care and strives to ensure a seamless patient experience, which is part of the Methodist Healthcare system mission for providing the highest level of patient satisfaction in care.
Through our partnership, we offer a variety of screening, diagnostic and interventional services, including:
- 3D mammography
- Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Breast biopsy (stereotactic and ultrasound-guided)
Digital breast tomosynthesis, commonly referred to as 3D mammography, offers the latest in breast lesion detection. 3D mammography takes pictures of the breast in very thin slices, eliminating tissue overlap. These slices allow your doctor to see a clearer image of the inner breast tissue, an important benefit for women with tissue that is denser.
Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Women who have a high risk of breast cancer should have a screening mammogram as well as a bilateral breast MRI exam. You may be recommended to have a breast MRI if:
- You have a greater than 20 percent lifetime risk of breast cancer.
- You have a BRCA gene carrier (breast cancer gene mutation).
- You need an evaluation of your breast implant integrity.
- You are being diagnosed and/or treated for breast cancer.
A breast biopsy is a procedure that removes a small sample of breast tissue for testing. This is one way to evaluate a potential cancer area in the breast. We offer two methods for minimally invasive biopsy:
- Stereotactic: Preferred when suspicious calcium deposits are present
- Ultrasound-guided: Preferred for the observation of masses
STRIC coordinates patient care with surgeons and oncologists to provide same-day biopsy appointments.
Genetic testing for BRCA gene
If you have a personal or family history of breast cancer, it is recommended to get a blood test to determine if you have the BRCA gene. The routine DNA test is performed to determine mutations in the blood system related to breast cancer and can serve as a way to determine your cancer risk.