The SVH Women's Health Center pays special attention to the unique needs of our patients – from offering flexible appointments that fit around busy workdays or lifestyles, to our caring staff of healthcare professionals who appreciate the needs of the women who come to SVH for care every day. We can often schedule your mammogram and bone density screening within 48 hours.
The SVH Women's Health Center offers quality health services like digital mammography, breast ultrasound, digital bone density (osteoporosis) screening, stereotactic breast biopsy, and lymphedema therapy in a comfortable, relaxing and private setting. SVH is proud to offer the lowest cost for digital mammograms in Maine (bilateral screening).
Digital Mammography and Ultrasound Services
SVH Women's Health Center Mammography Service is approved for quality by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is accredited by the American College of Radiology. Our staff of professional imaging specialists strives to ensure your mammography or ultrasound experience is as comfortable as possible.
In 2009, SVH became a certified Pink Ribbon Facility, which means we share an important commitment to raising the standard of care for every patient. As a Pink Ribbon Facility, we take pride in providing every woman with a softer, warmer mammogram by using MammoPad, a soft foam pad that serves as a cushion between you and the most sophisticated digital mammography equipment.
Digital Bone Density Screenings
SVH offers digital bone density screenings to measure bone mass for early detection of osteoporosis. SVH can provide you and your physician with the information needed to determine if treatment is needed to protect your bones. Please wear clothing without zippers to your screening, and avoid barium products and any nuclear medicine exams for one week prior to your screening. Please do not take any calcium tablets (including Tums) for 12 hours before your exam.
We offer this service for swelling due to abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid – a common side-effect of breast surgery or radiation therapy. We have therapists certified in the treatment of this chronic condition.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Stereotactic breast biopsy is a non-surgical procedure for women with abnormalities discovered during routine mammograms. This procedure provides women with a faster, less invasive way to remove a portion of breast tissue for testing. Stereotactic breast biopsy is performed as an outpatient procedure, and recovery time is approximately 24 hours - with much less discomfort and no significant changes to the breast.
Localization for Biopsy
Localization for surgical biopsy is performed by a radiologist as a method for determining the exact area to be removed by a surgeon during biopsy. A radiologist places a needle in the breast to mark the exact site for biopsy, and the surgeon then performs the biopsy in the OR using the needle as a guide.
Breast Cancer Support Group
The SVH Women’s Health Center hosts a breast cancer support group that meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:30 PM. For more information, contact 487.4037.
For more information or assistance with making an appointment at the SVH Women’s Health Center, call 487.4039.