Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a member of our team who will complete your registration. When that has been updated, you will complete a form about your medical history. If you are a new patient, this step involves several questions. All of your information is carried over stored for future visits, which means once you are in our system, this step becomes seamless for future visits. If you prefer to fill out the forms and/or submit in advance click here

At this point, a technologist will then review your medical history with you, talk to you about any concerns you may be having, answer any questions and then will begin your exam. It is important to make her aware if you have breast implants, if you are experiencing any new problems with your breasts or if you feel any discomfort during your exam.


An ultrasound uses sound waves to make a picture of the tissues inside the body. A breast ultrasound can show all areas of the breast, including the area closest to the chest wall, which is hard to study with a mammogram. It is used to see whether a breast lump is filled with fluid, if it is a solid lump, or used to view the breast tissue of women who have dense breasts. An ultrasound does not replace the need for a mammogram, but it is often used to check abnormal results from a mammogram.

During the exam, the ultrasound technologist will place some gel on your skin and will use a small handheld unit called a transducer that will gently passed back and forth over the breast. A computer turns the sound waves into a picture on a TV screen. The pictures are then stored electronically and reviewed by the radiologist.

At the Schmidt Family Center for Breast Care, our specialized ultrasound technologists are experts in this field and have their completed their breast certification, as well as completed rigorous training under the tutelage of our radiologists to ensure their proficiency. The technologists utilize state-of-the-art dedicated breast ultrasound units equipped with the latest software to produce exceptional image quality.

How should you prepare for your ultrasound?
For your convenience, you should wear a two-piece outfit. On the day of your exam, please do not use any deodorant, lotion, or powder under your arms or on your breasts. Be sure to tell the technologists of any concerns or symptoms you are having.


What is a mammogram? A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray exam of the breasts to look for changes that are not normal. The results are recorded directly onto a state-of-the art computer for a radiologist to examine. A mammogram allows the radiologist to take a closer look for changes in breast tissue that cannot be felt during a breast exam.

A screening mammogram is a routine part of a woman’s annual wellness care and is ordered for women who are not experiencing any issues with their breasts. During a screening mammogram, a mammography technologist will take several standard views of each breast. A diagnostic mammogram is similar to a screening mammogram however it is ordered for women who are experiencing some symptoms in their breast, such as a change in the shape or size of a breast, a lump, nipple discharge, or pain. This exam requires that the mammography technologist focus her imaging on the area of concern. At the end of each exam, the technologist will review your history and exam with the radiologist, at which time you will be given your results.

Please know that breast changes naturally occur in all women throughout their lifetime and are not always a cause for alarm. If you have any questions or concerns about your breasts, or are experiencing a new symptom, you should contact your physician for follow-up. If you do not have a physician, you may make an appointment to see one of our nurse practitioners by calling 561.955.4HER (4437).

How should you prepare for your mammogram?
For women who are still menstruating, it is best to schedule a mammogram just after your period when your breasts are less tender. You should also inform the scheduler if you have breast implants as the exam will take slightly longer. On the day of your exam, it is best that you wear a two piece outfit for convenience. It is important to not use any deodorant, lotion, or powder under your arms or on your breasts as these items can show up on the images.


When a breast biopsy is recommended, patients may be able to choose a minimally invasive procedure known as image-guided needle biopsy. This is a technique that does not require surgery and is performed at our Center by one our highly trained breast radiologists. The needle breast biopsy can be performed using either ultrasound, stereotactic, or MRI-guidance. The radiologist who read your imaging exams will determine the type of guidance that is needed and it is based on the type of abnormality that it found. A stereotactic-guided biopsy uses the same technology used when having a mammogram to perform the procedure. An ultrasound guided-biopsy uses ultrasound to localize the area, and MRI does the same.

How should you prepare for your biopsy?
Just after begin told you require a biopsy, you will be contacted by your personal nurse navigator who will walk you through the upcoming procedure, explain what to expect before and after, and answer all your questions. During your conversations, she will instruct you on how to prepare for your biopsy.

What to expect during your biopsy
When stereotactic guidance is used, the patient lies on her abdomen on a specially designed exam table or may also be done with the patient sitting upright in a chair, particularly for those who are unable to lie on their abdomen for any reason. When ultrasound guidance is used, the patient lies on her back on the exam table. When MRI is used, the patient lies on their abdomen as they did during their initial MRI of the breast, which would have preceded this procedure. With each type of biopsy, the procedure begins with the technologist imaging breast to locate the area that needs to be tested.

After giving a local anesthetic, the radiologist makes a small opening in the skin. A sterile biopsy needle is placed into the abnormal breast tissue. Images are taken to confirm the exact needle placement. When the location is confirmed, small tissue samples are taken through the needle. The samples are then sent to the pathology department for interpretation. The entire procedure takes approximately 30 minutes to an hour. Results are usually available in three to five working days.

Minimally invasive biopsy offers these results compared to surgical biopsy:
  • Minimal scarring instead of a large incision
  • Reduced pain and risk of infection after the procedure
  • Potentially lower hospital costs
  • Immediate return to work
  • Shorter recovery time and immediate resumption of daily activities
Every patient is different and will receive the personal care they need to throughout the process. In conjunction with the entire team of radiologists, technologists, and nurse navigators, every patient who requires a biopsy will be treated with care and compassion. We will work with you, your family, and your physicians to ensure the process is as effortless as possible for you.


Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) is a new imaging tool used for the early detection of breast cancer. It takes advantage of differences in cellular metabolism between normal cells and cancerous cells in order to differentiate one from the other. Using this technique, physicians have been able to identify cancers before they are visible with mammography and ultrasound, and before a patient has any signs or symptoms.

Why do we offer Molecular Breast Imaging?

Is MBI the same as a Mammogram?

Who is a candidate for MBI?

What can I expect during the MBI exam?

How can I find out more about MBI?

If you have a prescription for the exam and would like to schedule, please call our Scheduling Department at 561.955.4700.


Positron Emission Mammography is a high-resolution imaging technique performed with a dedicated breast PET scanner. PEM is basically a PET scan that is isolated to your breast. You may hear it called breast PET scan. PEM is a highly sensitive test that has the ability to detect cancerous lesions as small is 2mm. It is amazing technology, and our medical director, Kathy Schilling, was instrumental in the research for PEM and has been training physicians world-wide on how to use this advanced imaging modality.

The images obtained with the PEM scanner show the location of suspicious masses, giving physicians a “map” upon which they can base your treatment options and/or surgical plan. Armed with this information, doctors can better determine candidates for breast-conserving surgery or lumpectomy. Also, knowing the exact location and extent of the cancer guides doctors during surgery and helps assure that they remove all suspicious tissue and thereby avoid repeat surgeries. Your doctor may also use PEM to monitor treatment or to check for a recurrence of disease. PEM also ideal for those patients whose MRI is difficult to interpret due to hormonal influences, women with implants, patients with metal in their bodies, or patients who suffer from claustrophobia. It is exciting that we now have a functional imaging approach with high sensitivity that complements our current anatomic imaging modalities

How should you prepare for your PEM?
Patients will be instructed at the time their appointment is made that they should eat a low-carb diet the day before the exam and do not eat anything at least 6 hours before your exam. Patient may have only plain water in the morning, nothing with sugar. In addition, they should avoid exercise at least 24 hours prior to the exam.

Please share any concerns about fasting during your call.

Equipment and procedure
Prior to beginning your PEM procedure, a technologist will take a drop of blood from your finger to test your blood sugar level. If it is within the acceptable range, a small amount of radioactive sugar will be injected into your arm. You will then be directed to a quiet room and asked to sit still in a chair or lie comfortably in a recliner for about 60 minutes, giving your body ample time to absorb the sugar. After an hour in the quiet room, you will be brought into the PEM scanning room and seated in a chair. The technologist will scan each breast separately for approximate 10-minute scans. Using gentle immobilization, a typical PEM examination includes two (2) scans per breast and the entire procedure, including time in the quiet room, could take up to two (2) hours.

Once your PEM scan is completed, the high-resolution images are reviewed by our radiologist.

The company that makes the PEM machine is Naviscan.


The Institute’s GE Healthcare SensorySuites, which are the first in the state of Florida, surround a woman with an interactive mammography experience designed to simultaneously stimulate three senses: sight, smell and hearing, helping to distract the patient from any perceived discomfort, pain and anxiety of a mammogram. The state-of-the-art technology allows the patient to choose a preferred ambiance venue from seaside to garden to waterfall and aims to encourage a better overall mammography experience.


SenoClaireTM is GE Healthcare’s 3D breast tomosynthesis. The versatile imaging technology provides mammograms with higher resolution, lower radiation and better detection for patients with all types of breast tissues, resulting in a safer and more confident screening. Boca Regional is the first in Florida to offer SenoClaireTM.


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