Breast Care Services

St. Luke’s Individualized Breast Screening Program

What is the right test for you? If you’re 40 or older and are at risk for breast cancer, yearly screening mammograms are an essential part of your health care. However, some women may benefit from additional breast screening to supplement mammography.

  • St. Luke’s tailors breast screening based on individual risk factors, to develop an individualized screening program, resulting in earlier detection of breast cancer.
  • A combination of carefully chosen screening exams may lead to a significant increase in early cancer detection while decreasing the amount of unnecessary return visits and biopsies.

Mammography services are available at the following locations:

Women's Imaging Centers – Screening Mammography Sites

Bethlehem

St. Luke's Hospital Breast Care & Women's Imaging Center
St. Luke's University Hospital - Bethlehem Campus
B Entrance at Main Lobby/Centennial Wing
801 Ostrum Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
484-526-1000
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St. Luke's North
153 Brodhead Road
Bethlehem, PA 18017
484-526-1000
Mon – Fri: 7:30 am – 4 pm
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Allentown

St. Luke's Women's Imaging Center
1901 Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18104
484-526-1000
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Sensational Reflections therapeutic massage and laser hair removal also are available at this site.

Center Valley

Diagnostic Mammography Center

St. Luke's Regional Breast Center
5848 Old Bethlehem Pike
Center Valley, PA 18034
484-526-1000
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Services

  • Diagnostic mammography

Coaldale

St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus
360 West Ruddle Street
Coaldale, PA 18218
570-645-8144 
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Easton

St. Luke's Hospital – Anderson Campus
1872 Riverside Circle
Easton, PA 18045
484-526-1000
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  • All-digital screening mammography

E. Stroudsburg

St. Luke's Pocono Women's Imaging
239 East Brown Street
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
1-800-801-7745
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Phillipsburg, NJ

St. Luke's Hospital - Warren Campus
185 Roseberry Street
Philipsburg, NJ 08865
908 859-6740
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Quakertown

St. Luke's Quakertown Women's Imaging Center
121 S. 11th Street
Quakertown, PA 18951
215-538-4575
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St. Luke's Upper Perkiomen Outpatient Center
2793 Geryville Pike
Pennsburg, PA 18073
215-538-4575
484-526-1000
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Wind Gap

St. Luke's Wind Gap Medical Center
487 East Moorestown Road
Wind Gap, PA 18091
(Next to Country Junction and Sal's Pizza)
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Services

  • All-digital screening mammograpy

Comprehensive Approach to Breast Care

The comprehensive approach to breast care is a unique feature of St. Luke's Women’s Imaging Centers. It combines a knowledgeable and compassionate staff with state-of-the-art technology. It means you will always have someone to answer your questions and support you throughout the care process.

The staff of St. Luke's Women’s Imaging Centers believes breast care is one of your most important health care needs. We understand that breast cancer is a frightening prospect for any woman to face and even routine breast exams and mammograms can cause anxiety. That is why we’ve developed a “comprehensive” approach to health care.

When you come to St. Luke's for an exam, trained caregivers are available to talk with you and answer your questions. Our caring staff will be available to support you through wellness exams, diagnostic exams, " surgery (should you need it), post-surgical care and follow-up care.


Wellness Exam

Wellness exams refer to routine screenings. When you come in for a routine screening (a mammogram), you will have the opportunity to review teaching materials about breast self-examination and ask questions about general breast health. St. Luke’s Breast Care Centers are comfortable and private.


Diagnostic Exam

Should you require a diagnostic exam, it means that an area of the breast requires further examination. A diagnostic exam may include a mammogram, a biopsy or an ultrasound, as well as any other testing that may be appropriate. Should the diagnostic exam identify a problem, you will have the opportunity to speak with the breast health specialist to ask questions about your diagnostic exam. Your referring physician will be notified within 24 hours with the results.

Your breast health specialist will provide you with ongoing support and education through routine follow-up calls.


Some Facts…

  • The large majority of all breast lumps found are benign (non-cancerous)
  • With earlier detection and improved treatments, breast cancer death rates declined significantly in the 1990's
  • Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women and is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in the U. S.
  • One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime
  • The incidence of breast cancer increases with age

A Personal Plan of Care

St. Luke's Breast Care Centers can help you in developing and following a personal plan of care for breast health that includes clinical exams, mammography and monthly breast self-examination. For the early detection of breast cancer, St. Luke’s Breast Care Centers and the American Cancer Society recommend the following guidelines:

Clinical Breast Exam

A clinical or physical exam should be performed by your doctor as part of your regular check-up. This should include a visual exam of your breasts, looking for changes in the skin, size and shape of the breast. The physician also should feel or palpate your breasts, checking for lumps. Discuss with your physician how often you should have a clinical exam.

Mammography

Beginning at age 40, you are encouraged to have a mammogram every year. Mammography is a simple procedure that takes only a few minutes to perform.

Breast Awareness and Breast Self Examination

Your breasts will undergo changes throughout your lifetime. It is important to learn what is normal for you and report any changes to your doctor right away. By performing breast self-examination during the same timeframe every month, you will become very familiar with your breasts and can recognize a change if one occurs.

If, at any time, you find a lump, dimple, or notice nipple discharge during your exam, see your doctor as soon as possible. Breast self-examination is the best way to discover changes in your breasts.


Breast Care Services at St. Luke's

Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS)

Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) is available at St. Luke’s Regional Breast Center in Center Valley as a supplemental breast cancer screening protocol. Specifically-designed and FDA-approved for women with dense breast tissue, ABUS can provide a clearer, more accurate evaluation of dense breast tissue and is to be used as an adjunct, not a replacement, to screening mammography. ABUS uses sound waves, not radiation, to create state-of-the-art 3D images of the breast tissue. The screening process is comfortable for most women. A layer of lotion is applied to the breast; then, a sheer membrane covering the transducer is firmly positioned on the breast. The scanning process takes less than 60 seconds, with the screening complete in 15 minutes.

Breast MRI

This non-invasive modality is used to gain information about breast abnormalities detected with mammography, physical exam, or other breast imaging modalities. MRI also may be used for breast implant evaluation, staging breast cancer, evaluating treatment options, and follow-up after treatment is complete. MRI also may be an option for patients with dense breasts and with strong family history of breast cancer. 

Computer-Aided Detection (CAD)

This specialized computer system marks potential abnormalities on mammogram images by enhancing subtle changes. It is especially valuable in detecting abnormalities in dense breast tissue. 

Diagnostic Mammography

Diagnostic mammography is essentially an X-ray taken of the breast to obtain as much information as possible about a breast change. 

Digital Mammography

GE's digital mammography system provides highly-detailed images. Patients benefit from a shorter, more comfortable exam. 

Ductogram

This is an examination of the mammary ducts using a contrast (dye) injected into the duct to look for abnormalities. 

Educational and Support Services

St. Luke's Breast Care Centers provide individual teaching concerning breast health and disease, and ongoing support and services through our specially trained nurses. 

Evaluation of Breast Implants

Using special breast positioning techniques, this is a procedure that uses mammography to evaluate breast implants. 

Family Cancer Risk Evaluation Program

For individuals who believe they may have an increased chance of developing cancer and are considering genetic testing to predict cancer risk, this program provides support and counseling. 

Gene Expression Profile Testing

St. Luke's uses the genetic profile of an individual's breast cancer to help determine if chemotherapy should be given as an adjuvant therapy. There are two main tests used today - OncotypeDX® and MammaPrint®.

  • OncotypeDX® uses 21 genes to estimate the risk of a tumor recurrence.
  • MammaPrint®, an FDA-cleared gene expression profile test, provides information based on 70 genes about tumor biology and actively identifies a woman's risk for recurrence. The 70-gene genomic profile can provide prognostic information in both ER-positive and ER-negative early-stage, node-negative breast cancer. However, this test requires that the tissue be appropriately preserved at the biopsy procedure or at the time of surgery. Therefore, having this test done should be discussed with the surgeon prior to surgery.

Needle Localization of the Breast

This is a technique used prior to biopsy to locate and mark a mammographic area of concern in the breast that cannot be felt. Such areas include masses and microcalcifications. 

Positron Emission Tomography (P. E. T. Scanning)

This advanced nuclear medicine test allows physicians to see superior and detailed images of the inside of the body. P. E. T. scanning, available at St. Luke's North, allows for earlier and more accurate diagnoses for cancer patients.

Screening Mammography

Two X-rays of each breast are taken – one from above and one angled from the side.

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

This nuclear medicine and surgical procedure involves injecting dye around a tumor in order to identify individual lymph nodes at risk for the spread of cancer. This procedure, which is performed for appropriate breast cancer patients, may spare the patient from major lymph node removal surgery and more accurately diagnoses the spread of cancer.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

An examination using X-ray and computer coordinates to precisely guide a hollow needle to a breast lesion so that small samples of tissue can be taken and sent to the laboratory for evaluation.

Ultrasound

This is a test that sends high-frequency sound waves into the breast. The pattern from the sound waves is converted into an image of the interior of the breast to help distinguish between tumors which are solid and cysts which are filled with fluid.

Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy

Under ultrasound guidance, a breast mass is located and, using a specially guided needle, small samples of tissue are removed under local anesthesia and sent to the laboratory for evaluation.

Ultrasound-Guided Cyst Aspiration

This is an examination using an ultrasound-guided needle to remove fluid from a cyst. 

 


The St. Luke's Staff

Our technologists, nurses and radiologists are highly skilled professionals with expertise in breast care. Mammography technologists specialize only in mammography and are required to maintain continuing education credits in their field. Registered nurses and technologists are qualified to teach breast self-examination and answer questions about breast health. Nurses and technologists attend conferences to stay current in mammography and breast health. Your mammogram will be interpreted by a board-certified radiologist who also serves as a consultant to your personal physician. Should further treatment be necessary, a wide range of services is available through St. Luke’s University Health Network.

St. Luke's is dedicated to serving the breast health needs of women. We hope that you will use our Breast Care Centers for any questions or concerns you may have on developing and maintaining a personal plan of care for breast health.