Monday - Friday
7:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Extended Hours on some week nights
Saturday morning appointments available
Phone: (309) 452-9001
Fax: (309) 452-9299
The Gale Keeran Center for Women
2200 Fort Jesse Rd., Suite 130
Normal, IL 61761
The Gale Keeran Center for Women was designed by women for today’s busy woman. Conveniently located in the Center for Health at Fort Jesse, the center offers mammography, ultrasound, breast biopsy, breast MRI services for women seeking optimal health and wellness. The comfortable setting makes it easier to feel relaxed during your procedure.
The highly trained staff at the Gale Keeran Center for Women will keep you up to date with the latest information and make sure your questions are answered before you leave. We want you to be able to make informed choices about your health. Your mammogram is read by a Board Certified Radiologist, who utilizes computer aided detection to get a “second look,” giving you the highest level of reassurance. When you want a partner in prevention, come to the Gale Keeran Center for Women.
Mammography is the use of low dose X-rays to image the breasts of both women and men. There are three types of mammograms. The first is a baseline mammogram, which means it is the first time the patient has had a mammogram. Screening mammograms are done on patients who have already had a baseline mammogram, and are used to identify breast cancer in its early stages in women without symptoms.
Screenings are also used to look for calcifications, cysts, and fibroadenomas( normal breast tissue forming solid lumps). A diagnostic mammogram indicates the patient is experiencing some type of problem such as a lump detected in the breast during a physical exam, and is used as a problem solving tool. Mammography is the best way to screen for small undetectable lumps or a group of micro calcifications.
Like standard film mammography, digital mammography uses x-rays to produce images of breast tissue. The difference is that with digital mammography, an electronic x-ray detector - phosphor screen - replaces the film cassette and coverts the x-ray photons to light, which in turn passes trough a fiber optic cable to a device that converts the light to a digitized signal for display on a computer monitor. The radiologist can alte the orientation, magnification, brightness and contrast of the images as desired.
As with film mammography, optimal positioning and compression are critical in identifying a suspicious lesion. From the patient's point of view, having a digital mammography study is exactly like film mammography except for a shorter wait time to know if the images are satisfactory. Unlike film mammography, which requires the technologist to develop films in a darkroom where the wait time ranges from two to fiv minutes, with digital mammography the technologist will know within 30 seconds whether the images are satisfactory.
Ultrasound also referred to as sonography is the use of sound waves to produce an outline of a body part. Breast ultrasounds may be used to look at a specific area of concern found by the mammogram or during the physical examination. Ultrasound may be needed in the following situations:
- A women has dense breasts.
- A women has fibrocystic (lumpy) breast disease.
- A women has a lesion that cannot be classified based on the mammogram alone
- Young women with dense breast tissue and a family history of breast cancer.
- Women with silicone breast implants.
- A women has a mass felt during physical exam by a physician or herself
- Monitor the growth of a cyst or guide needle placement to drain a cyst.
Ultrasound alone is not approved by the FDA as a screening tool for breast cancer.
Breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is the use of radio waves and powerful magnets which are linked to a computer to create detailed pictures of the breast. Hundreds of pictures are created during each MRI, looking at the breast from side to side, front to back, and top to bottom. No radiation is used during an MRI. MRI is approved by the FDA as a supplemental tool to help diagnose breast cancer. It is the most reliable tool for evaluation of implant leaks or ruptures.
MRI is useful in determining if cancer has spread to the chest wall, or can help distinguish if a cancer is limited to one area or involves more than one area making it a "multi-focal" cancer. With the many benefits of MRI, there are also two main limitations. The limitations of MRI include the cost, which is several times that of a mammogram, and it is not able to detect small calcifications which can be suspicious for cancer.
Bone Densitometry is the test used for osteoporosis evaluation. Sometimes referred to as a DEXA scan, it has become the gold standard for bone density measurement. The level of bone minerals is related to bone strength and the potential for bone fractures. Results from your test are compared with others of the same sex, age and similar ethnic background. As women get older their risk for developing osteoporosis increases.
Bone Densitometry is a low- dose X-ray used to check your bones for signs of thinning and mineral lose. The area scanned for the test is the lower spine and right hip for the most accurate results. This is a painless, simple, non-invasive test that takes about 15 minutes.
For your exam wear a comfortable two piece outfit. You will be asked to lie down on the table. An overhead arm will move along your body and take bone density measurements. Following the exam your physician will be given a computer printout of the results. Your physician will discuss the results with you and let you know about any areas of concern.
Do I need a referral from my doctor?
Yes, you need an order from your doctor stating the procedure that should be done. You can bring it with you the day of your appointment, or have your doctor’s office fax it to us prior to your appointment.
How do I schedule an appointment?
You can schedule an appointment on your own, or you may have your doctor's office schedule for you by calling the registration desk at (309) 452-9001.
What Insurance does the The Gale Keeran Center for Women accept?
It is always a good idea to check with your insurance carrier before scheduling your appointment. We are available to answer questions Monday-Friday, from 7:30am – 4:30pm.
Will my mammogram be painful?
The “compression” needed to get a quality exam is tolerably uncomfortable. We recommend you schedule your appointment during the few weeks after your monthly menstrual cycle in order to reduce discomfort. Any special concerns should be discussed with the technologists before your mammogram.
What happens after my exam?
The Radiologist will interpret your films and a report will be sent to your doctor's office. Your doctor will contact you to discuss the results of your exam.
No More Excuses
Submitted by Janet Hawkins, Administrator, Ft. Jesse Imaging Center & The Gale Keeran Center for Women
It is estimated that 12.2 percent of women born today will be diagnosed with breast cancer some time in their lives. We know that women’s chances for successful treatment are greatly improved by detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages.
The American Cancer Society and The American College of Radiology recommend that the most effective way to detect breast cancer early is by having a baseline mammogram at age forty and annual mammograms each year thereafter. Women at higher risk such as a personal history of breast cancer, strong family history of breast cancer or inherited changes in genes should begin screening mammograms sooner. Some studies suggest that mammograms can reduce death from breast cancer by as much as 50 percent.
However, even though pink ribbons are everywhere and most women are knowledgeable about the lifesaving benefits of mammograms, nearly half of U.S. women ages 40 or older failed to get an annual mammogram last year. Researchers are concerned that women are confused by the debate about the effectiveness of the screenings. Why is it that almost one half of women who should be getting regular mammograms aren’t? While there haven’t been any scientific studies to answer that question, following are some of the reasons most often cited by women. It’s painful.
Most women find mammograms to be merely uncomfortable, but for some women, they can be somewhat painful. However, each breast is only compressed for a few seconds and the procedure only takes about 15 minutes to complete. I’m too busy. Most women lead very busy lives – we take care of everyone else, but neglect our own health. Enlist your partner, friend, or someone else that cares about you to encourage you to have your annual mammogram. I feel fine, I have no risk factors, it’s not necessary. Screening mammograms are used to detect breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. Screening mammograms involve two images of each breast that make it possible to detect masses that cannot be felt. The study can also find microcalcifications (deposits of calcium) that sometimes indicate the presence of breast cancer.
Many women diagnosed with breast cancer have absolutely no symptoms or risk factors. I worry about the exposure to radiation. Mammograms require very small doses of radiation and the risk of harm from this radiation exposure is low. The benefits of having a mammogram nearly always outweigh the risk. I can’t afford it and my insurance doesn’t cover it. There are local services available that provide low cost or free mammogram to women who qualify. So gals – no more excuses! Mammograms do save lives. Please don’t forget to schedule your annual breast examination with your physician and then remember to schedule your annual mammogram.
OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. PLEASE CALL THE GALE KEERAN CENTER FOR WOMEN TO SCHEDULE YOUR ANNUAL MAMMOGRAM. 309-452-9001