Diagnosis and Evaluation
The Eisenhower Schnitzer/Novack Breast Center is the only place you need for your breast care. We offer a comprehensive women's wellness program with four fully digital tomosynthesis mammography machines and the most advanced diagnostic services for the evaluation of breast health.*
To schedule an appointment for your mammogram, please call 760-773-4338. We have locations in Rancho Mirage and La Quinta. When scheduling your appointment, please mention the location that is more convenient for you.
Accurate diagnosis and evaluation
Our fellowship-trained physicians and personal nurse navigators provide our patients with personalized, experienced and expert care, complemented by the state-of-the-art technology. Eisenhower's diagnostic services include multiple imaging capabilities, such as a dedicated Breast MRI, ultrasound and Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI).
A variety of imaging methods are available to accommodate every woman and her unique needs. These include: mammography, ultrasound and MRI.
Eisenhower offers a dedicated breast MRI, which may aid in showing spots in the breast that may or may not be cancer. A breast MRI is generally used to complement a mammogram for women with certain conditions, family history or other factors.
Our fellowship-trained physicians will recommend the best imaging capability for your body and needs if such follow-up is required.
Whole Breast Automated Ultrasound
In 2016 we replaced our 2008-vintage whole breast ultrasound scanner with the latest generation automated whole breast ultrasound scanner from Hitachi, named Sofia. We are the first breast in the country to install this scanner with the latest Hitachi Arietta ultrasound platform. This system offers a significant improvement in whole breast scanning capability ideally suited to patients with dense breast or history of breast disease, reducing scan time from 15 minutes per breast down to 2 minutes per breast while still obtaining 900 images per breast. It also scans patient in a prone position that allows more accurate visualization.
Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI)
Eisenhower was the first facility in Southern California to offer Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI), a technology that more accurately identifies breast cancer previously undetected by mammography. Clinically proven as an effective device in the early detection of breast cancer, BSGI functions as a complementary diagnostic tool following difficult-to-read mammograms. Patients with dense breast tissue, multiple suspicious lesions, breast implants, a previously diagnosed mass, or those using Hormone Replacment Therapy will benefit most from BSGI.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Stereotactic breast biopsy is a safe, minimally invasive biopsy that obtains tiny samples from an identified abnormal breast mass for examination. A sample of suspicious breast tissue is precisely located with computer guided imaging and removed with a needle. This outpatient procedure requires no hospitalization or surgical incision and is performed using only local anesthesia.
Contrast Enhanced Spectoral Mamagraphy (CESM)
A special mammogram technique that uses an intravenous contrast agent to light up abnormal findings. Two mammogram images appear showing the blood flow pattern and the other the anatomy.
It is performed as an adjunct to an inclusive mammogram or ultrasound exam. Using an iodine contrast agent CESM highlights the suspicious area that exhibit increased vascularity
- Dectection of unusually high blood flow card be used to increase suspecion
- Iodine injection - Contract agent can be used to highlight areas of unusual blood flow
- CESM uses multiple x-ray exposures to reduce background signal, effectively highlighting contraxt enhanced areas.
- Two images per view are provided. The first uses standard mamabraphic techniques and represents tissue density (left). The second is a contrast-enhances image in exactly the same position (right).
- A comple 4-view bilateral exam can be performed with a singel injection.
*Mammography is available at all Eisenhower Schnitzer/Novack Breast Center locations. Follow-up diagnostic exams are offered at the Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center location only.