Specializing in the Early Detection of Breast Cancer
Bethesda Women’s Health Center provides comprehensive diagnostic services for both women and men with state-of-the-art technology and a caring, compassionate staff. Accredited by the American College of Radiology, our Center meets all professional standards of safety and quality and is designated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) as a Certified Mammography Facility.
Bethesda Women’s Health Center is one of the first women’s centers in Florida to offer 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) for breast cancer screening. Click here to learn more about this latest innovation in breast imaging technology and breast cancer detection.
Our full complement of services is designed to meet a woman’s needs through all stages of life. Whether she is concerned about her risk of breast cancer, or learning to manage menopause symptoms and osteoporosis, every stage is an important milestone for her life.
Bethesda Women's Health Center is located at Bethesda Health City, 10301 Hagen Ranch Road, Suite A-920, Boynton Beach, FL, 33437. To schedule an appointment, call 561.374.5700. For more information about our services, call 561.374.5300.
Q & A with Carol A. Adami, M.D.
Board Certified Radiologist
Medical Director of Bethesda Women's Health Center
What are the Most Pressing Women’s Health Issues?
Misinformation regarding the prevention, early detection and screening for cancers, in particular, breast and cervical cancers are very pressing issues.
While the screening guidelines for breast cancer have been challenged because of the associated cost, today, we have better tools to identify women at high risk. Some women need more than just an annual mammogram and some women benefit from starting earlier than age 40. Those with a lifetime risk greater than 20% should have an annual Breast MRI while women with very dense breast tissue benefit from screening ultrasound.
My goal for 2012 is to develop a program at Bethesda that will efficiently identify women in our community who are at an elevated risk for breast cancer, educate them and provide appropriate screening recommendations.
What has been the biggest Advance in the last decade for improving women’s breast health?
The rapid advances in imaging technology give doctors an amazing ability to see within the body. Radiologists can now routinely diagnose breast cancers as small as 3-4mm.
How has Bethesda adapted to better serve the needs of women?
In 2003, we were the first fully digital mammography center in Florida and we continue to stay at the front of technologic advances. Last October we installed two new digital mammography units with tomosynthesis capability and a new Hologic ultrasound unit equipped with elastography to help differentiate benign from malignant lesions without biopsy.
In 2011, Bethesda Women’s Health Center was recognized by the ACR as a Center of Excellence and received accreditation for our Breast MRI program.
What sets you apart from other facilities?
As a truly comprehensive breast center, we provide diagnosis, risk assessment, physical exams, outpatient image guided biopsies (including MRI biopsies), treatment and counseling, all at one location. We have an integrated staff with expertise in Breast Cancer and hold a formal breast tumor board where Radiologists, Pathologists, Surgeons and Oncologists meet to discuss optimal patient care.
What is your hope for the “industry” heading in the next decade?
With so much progress in the way we diagnose and treat certain cancers, it is my hope that we will focus more on increasing our efforts to identify high risk women and giving them the additional screening necessary rather than decreasing screening programs available to the general population.