• Breast Diagnostic Testing

  • Request an Appointment or call 303-738-2767

  • Littleton Adventist Hospital is a proud recipient of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Gold Seal of Accreditation in breast ultrasound!

    At the Breast Center in Littleton Adventist Hospital, our dedicated technicians and breast-certified radiologists use the most recent advances in digital mammography technology to ensure that you receive the highest quality of care available.

    Our computer aided diagnosis (CAD) system allows for a second reading on all of our studies in order to digitally check the images. This follows the initial results provided by 1 of our 4 technicians who together, have a combined 75 years of experience in mammography.

    By use of our CAD system, we are able to produce clearer images in less time via digital receptor. Computerized images are loaded right onto our system monitor, allowing our specialized breast radiologists to evaluate your images immediately. Because of the instant results, you have less wait time and a quicker, more comfortable experience. We strive to make this process as simple and reassuring as we can. We welcome all questions and concerns and will help to provide you with individual, thorough answers. We hope that you leave our Breast Center with a feeling of empowerment and further knowledge of the importance of breast health and yearly mammograms.

    Karen Liley
    Karen Liley
    Mammography Lead

    Breast Center Hours:
    7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    One Saturday of each month
    7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Call to Schedule a Mammogram Today! 303-738-2767

    Advanced Results Without the Wait

    Because breast cancer is one of the most common cancer diagnoses for women in the United States, it's important that women in the South Denver metro area have access to the screenings they need.

    After undergoing a routine mammogram in May 2010, Sue Marcoux, 42, found a lump in her breast. Working within the mother of five's busy schedule, the staff at the Breast Center at Littleton Adventist Hospital performed additonal imaging as soon as possible so Marcoux would not have to wait for results.

    Marcoux's first mammogram in 2008 at the Breast Center showed nothing abnormal. Fortunately, an ultrasound revealed that the lump found in the 2010 mammogram was enlarged tissue and not cancerous. Now, Marcoux undergoes mammography screenings every six months to promote early detection if cancer should develop.

    "From a woman's perspective, the possibility of having cancer can cause immediate stress and worry," says Marcoux. "Littleton Hospital's ability to schedule my tests and deliver results in a timely manner allowed me to avoid unnecessary anxiety."

    What does NAPBC Accreditation Mean To You?

    Littleton Hospital was recently awarded NAPBC accreditation. This accreditation is the gold standard for breast care. NAPBC evaluates strengths across a wide spectrum of services, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis, pretreatment, staging, cancer treatment, and rehabilitation. This commitment from the Littleton Hospital team provides women in the South Denver metro area with comprehensive breast care, close to home.

    Gail Risk Assessment Tool, Know Your Risk

    Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women, excluding skin cancers. The chance of developing breast cancer at some point in a woman's lifetime is one in eight, so it is likely that you or someone you love will be affected. Early detection is key in a positive prognosis and treatment. The Gail Risk Assessment Tool can help you understand your own, personal risk factors by providing a five-year risk percentage. If your risk is 20 percent or more, breast MRI is recommended.

    Breast Center Hours:
    Monday - Friday
    7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    One Saturday of each month
    7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Call to Schedule a Mammogram Today! 303-738-2767


    Genetic Counseling
    An estimated 5 to 10% of cancer diagnoses are because of an inherited form of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Sporadic cancer shows no clear pattern within a family, familial cancer, however, can be detected in shared genes, a shared environment or a combination of both. The increased risk can be passed down through generations by traveling from parent to child.

    At Littleton Adventist Hospital, we offer genetic counseling and testing to identify hereditary forms of cancer, giving our patients the power of prevention, early diagnosis and informed decisions about treatment options. Genetic counseling is available to both individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer and to individuals who have not had cancer but have a family history of the disease.

    Genetic Testing

    Below are signs that an individual may be at risk for a hereditary form of cancer and should undergo genetic counseling and possibly, genetic testing:

    • Cancer that is diagnosed at an earlier age than usual (usually before the age of 50) in either the patient or a patient's family member
    • Individuals who have more than one primary cancer
    • Physical signs that may be associated with inherited cancers (e.g. multiple polyps and colon cancer)
    • Different familial cancers that are known to be genetically related (e.g. breast, and ovarian cancer, colon, ovarian, and endometrial cancers)
    • Several generations of a family being affected by the same cancer or genetically related cancers 

    Insurance Coverage of Genetic Testing

    • Most insurers provide coverage for genetic testing if certain family or personal history criteria are met. We will work with you to determine whether or not you meet the coverage criteria.

    Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA)

    • Genetic discrimination is illegal. GINA was signed in May 2008 and enacted in 2009. This federal protection act prohibits discrimination based on genetic information as defined as: predictive genetic tests, family members' genetic tests and family history. This applies to group and individual health insurance and employment practices. It does NOT cover life, disability, long term and other forms of insurance.

    If you have any questions about this clinic or hereditary forms of cancer, please call or e-mail Erin P. Hoffman, MS, CGC at 303-734-3969.

    Erin P Hoffman - Genetic CounselorCancer Genetic Counselor

    Erin Hoffman specializes in the field of cancer genetics. She is also experienced in general genetics, pulmonary genetics, and endocrine genetics. She enjoys working closely and compassionately with patients to help them understand their family histories and genetic risk factors. She is skilled in making genetic testing recommendations and in translating complex test results into clear, concise language her patients can easily understand. Erin has also published and presented on topics in genetics.

    3-D Technology Increases Accuracy

    When a mammogram or breast ultrasound shows a suspicious solid mass that requires further definition, patients at Littleton Adventist Hospital can now opt for a stereotactic breast biopsy as a non-surgical method of assessing the abnormality. The outpatient procedure, done in our Breast Center usually takes about an hour.

    During the procedure, two-dimensional digital mammograms of the breast are taken from two different angles and sent to the computer for image analysis. The computer compares the data from each image and calculates the three-dimensional location coordinates of the breast abnormality. The radiologist or doctor then uses the computer-guided needle to extract sample fluid or tissue.

    Abnormalities appropriate for stereotactic biopsy are typically located deep inside the breast and may include:

    • a dense, irregularly-shaped mass
    • a tiny cluster of small calcium deposits (also known as microcalcifications)
    • a distortion breast tissue or internal structure
    • a new mass at a previous surgery site.

    Many patients and physicians choose the option of non-surgical stereotactic breast biopsy because of benefits like:

    • Greater accuracy than other forms of needle biopsies
    • A shorter recovery time because it is less invasive than a surgical option
    • A smaller risk of infection, bleeding and pain than a surgical biopsy

    As an NAPBC comprehensive breast cancer center, we are proud to add stereotactic biopsy to the list of services we provide here at Littleton Adventist Hospital. Our stereotactic team of experts is led by Stan Smazal, MD and includes certified mammography technicians.

    To learn more about stereotactic biopsy and other services offered by The Breast Center at Littleton Adventist Hospital call our breast cancer Nurse Navigator at 303-738-7787, or schedule your online appointment for your 3D Mammo today.


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