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At SoutheastHEALTH, our commitment to providing the highest quality of care, advanced screening tools and treatment options ensures your breast care is designed for your specific needs. Together as a team, we’re working for you - from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

  • Team of over 15 breast care and cancer experts
  • Weekly multi-disciplinary case conferencing
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Advanced diagnostic imaging technology, including Genius™ 3D tomosynthesis mammography
  • Patient navigation
  • Clinical trials
  • Genetic testing

Mammograms and Screenings

Mammograms can reveal a breast cancer when it is so small that it would be undetected by you or your health provider. If cancers are found early, less invasive treatment methods may be used with better overall outcomes. We encourage our patients to begin annual screening mammography at age 40.

Mammogram Types and Breast Screenings

  • Annual screening mammography: Detects any overall change in the appearance of breast tissue, and is appropriate as an annual check-up for women without breast symptoms. 
  • Diagnostic mammography: Diagnostic mammograms are appropriate for women with a prior history of breast cancer or a new breast symptom. Detects overall changes in the appearance of breast tissue and often includes a focused exam on a particular area of concern. 
  • Breast Ultrasound: Uses sound waves to evaluate palpable lumps or to evaluate certain findings detected with mammography to determine if the area of concern is a fluid-filled cyst or a solid tissue mass. 
  • Breast Tomosynthesis: Also known as Genius™ 3D mammography, breast tomosynthesis takes multiple images of the breast, enabling radiologists to see through layers of tissue and examine areas of concern from multiple angles. The Genius™ 3D mammography exam is FDA approved as superior at detecting more invasive breast cancers and is recommended for women with dense breasts. 

Obtaining Your Comparison Mammograms

Having prior mammograms available for the radiologist reading your films each year is the key to an effective breast cancer-screening program.

Your comparison mammogram images and results contain important information necessary for the radiologist to provide the most accurate interpretation of your current mammogram. Most mammogram images are now digital and most commonly downloaded on a CD or DVD that can be sent securely through the mail, Fed-Ex, UPS, or other means.

Medical facilities are required by law to release these records at your request and then send the films and reports to us. The requesting facility will ask you to sign a release form.

You may download and print SoutheastHEALTH’s request form directly from this link or from the Women’s Imaging section of Southeast HEALTH’s website to obtain your records from a prior facility. Complete, print, sign, and drop off the form at the facility(ies) that provided your last 5 years of mammography studies or deliver / fax the completed form to the address below and we will request the studies directly.

Breast Care and Diagnostic Center
60 Doctors' Park
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone: 573-519-4900
Fax: 573-986-6693

The Breast Care and Diagnostic Center (BCDC) requests receipt of comparison images 3 days prior to your scheduled date of service. To allow adequate time for all processing to occur you should place the request through completed form at least seven (7) days prior to your scheduled appointment. This allows time to ensure your comparison images are ready at the time of your exam and provides the fastest interpretation and final result turnaround time to you and your referring physician.

If you are not sure where your mammograms were done before, the first thing you should do is contact the physician who ordered them. He / She should have a copy of the report in your chart. Again, it may take several days for your chart to be pulled and the information to find its way to you. The best time to search your records is before you need them.

Our BCDC team will be happy to assist you in locating your mammogram films if you need assistance. If your records are already at BCDC we will retrieve them for you before your arrival.

Services Offered at Southeast Breast Care and Diagnostics

Southeast’s Breast Care and Diagnostic Center meets mammography and follow-up diagnostic needs of women in one convenient location with the latest technologies.

Diagnostic Services for Women

Our services include:

  • Genius™ 3D digital mammography technology
  • Bone density screenings
  • Ultrasounds
  • X-rays
  • Stereotactic and ultrasound breast biopsies

Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

The Breast Care and Diagnostic Center is an American College of Radiology Accredited Ultrasound Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

  • If an abnormality is found, immediate consultation is provided.
  • Definitive diagnosis can often be made with minimally invasive biopsy, many times during the same visit.

Mammogram Mondays

The Breast Care and Diagnostic Center is open every Monday until 7:00 p.m.

Services Offered Southeast Health Center of Stoddard County

Diagnostic Services for Women

Our services include:

  • Genius™ 3D digital mammography technology 
  • Bone Density Screenings
  • Ultrasounds
  • Ultrasound Breast Biopsies
  • X-rays

Call 573-614-9440 to schedule a mammogram.

Family Cancer Risk Testing

If you have a family history of cancer, you might be a candidate for family cancer risk testing. This simple test can help your provider determine if you are at increased risk for developing cancer due to a genetic mutation passed down through your family.

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Circle of 8

CircleOf8 logo1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

Stay vigilant about your own health, and help hold your loved ones accountable for theirs by forming a Circle of Eight.

It’s easy to get started. Just choose eight women and on the eighth day of every month, remind your circle to attend to their breast health by performing a self-exam or by scheduling a mammogram. By banding together, we can help detect breast cancer earlier and increase the odds of survival.