Breast Center in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
The Breast Center at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is dedicated to the early detection of breast disease. Our specialists use advanced technology to diagnose breast cancer and other abnormalities in their earliest stages.
To schedule an exam, please call our scheduling team at (888) 894-2114. To reach our radiology team directly, please call (850) 863-7578.
At our Breast Center, we use 3D mammography proven to detect 41 percent more invasive breast cancers. This technology also reduces false positives by 40 percent. This provides more accurate results than a conventional, 2D mammogram.
To schedule your annual mammogram exam, register online or call (888) 894-2114.
What to expect at your 3D mammography appointment
Like a conventional mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast and take images from different angles.
The difference in a 3D mammogram is that the technology captures multiple images, or "slices," of the breast from several angles. This creates a multi-layered breast image.
The technologist will view the images of your breasts at the computer workstation to ensure quality images have been captured for review.
Your doctor or radiologist is then able to review the breast—one thin layer at a time, almost like turning pages in a book. This helps them make a more accurate diagnosis compared to 2D mammograms
3D mammography Frequently Asked Questions
The 3D exam is very similar to having a conventional 2D mammogram. Like a 2D mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast, and take images from different angles.
There’s no additional compression required with a 3D exam, and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view.
The technologist will view the images of your breasts at the computer workstation to ensure quality images have been captured for review. A radiologist will then examine the images and report results to either your physician or directly to you.
A 3D exam is approved for all women who would undergo a standard mammogram.
Multiple clinical studies show that all women, regardless of breast type or density, benefit from a 3D exam.
Very low x-ray energy is used during the exam, just about the same as a film-screen mammogram. The total patient dose of a 3D exam is within the FDA safety standards for mammography.
What is the difference between a screening and a diagnostic mammogram?
Sometimes, the radiologist may ask you to come back for follow-up images, called a diagnostic mammogram, to rule out an unclear area in the breast, or if there is a breast complaint that needs to be evaluated.
Please call (888) 894-2114 to schedule your annual 3D Screening Mammography exam.
A 3D exam detects 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives by up to 40%. This means one simple thing: more accuracy.
The 3D exam is the first and only clinically superior breast tomosynthesis exam as approved by the FDA.
The 3D exam allows doctors to see masses and distortions associated with cancers significantly more clearly than conventional 2D mammography. Instead of viewing all of the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, as with conventional 2D mammography, fi ne details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below.
More accuracy with 3D
- More accuracy is with early detection the five-year survival rate is almost 100%. 8 out of 9 diagnosed women have no family history of breast cancer.
- A women’s chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime is 1 in 8.
- The 3D mammography exam, the only mammography exam proven to detect 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduce false positives by up to 40%.
- Almost 8 million women have benefited from having a 3D mammography exam.
Dense breast tissue mammogram
Breast tissue can either be dense or fatty. Dense breast tissue is more fibrous and glandular than fatty breast tissue. Breast density varies among women, and the majority of women 40 years old and older have dense breasts.
Our 3D mammography system is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. The technology is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for dense breasts.
Screening mammograms are annual exams performed for women with no symptoms of breast disease. The goal is to screen all eligible women for signs of breast cancer.
We recommend starting yearly mammograms at 40 years old if you are of average risk. These screening mammograms do not require a doctor's order and are covered by most insurance plans with no cost to you.
Diagnostic mammograms are performed when there are symptoms of breast conditions—such as pain, lumps and breast discharge—or if breast cancer had been detected in the last five years.
A doctor's order is required for diagnostic mammograms, and insurance coverage varies. At times, additional imaging, such as ultrasound, may be required. We provide results the same day.
A breast ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of breast tissue. This exam doesn't use radiation.
We may perform an ultrasound to diagnose a breast abnormality or to further examine suspicious tissue detected in other breast imaging procedures.
3D stereotactic biopsy
We use advanced technology to locate and biopsy suspicious areas presented on your breast imaging exam. A stereotactic biopsy is an outpatient procedure. It requires minimal preparation and recovery time.
In most cases, a 3D stereotactic biopsy procedure reduces the amount of time and radiation exposure needed to collect the tissue sample, compared to other breast biopsy procedures.
During the biopsy, a small sample of tissue is collected from the suspicious area and sent to a pathologist. The pathologist analyzes the tissue sample under a microscope. The pathologist will provide the biopsy results to your physician, who will review them with you.
If breast cancer is detected, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center offers an oncology program. Our cancer care team will guide you through treatment and into survivorship.
Visiting our Breast Center
Our breast health services are provided at our outpatient imaging location, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Diagnostic Imaging.
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Diagnostic Imaging is suite 150 within the Medical Office Building.
If you need help finding our location, please call the scheduling team at (888) 894-2114 for directions.
Our address is:
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Diagnostic Imaging
1032 Mar Walt Drive, Suite 150
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547