The Mary Lou Beshears Breast Care Center is one of nine accredited centers in Colorado. The American College of Surgeons awards the accreditation only to programs that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of breast care.
We have three dedicated breast surgeons, a nurse practitioner and oncology certified nurse navigators who see patients at our Printers Park Medical Plaza and Briargate locations.
Digital mammography is available at all of Memorial’s breast care center locations. All of Memorial’s mammographers are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART), and all mammograms are read by breast-dedicated radiologists. Memorial patients benefit from their finely honed and skill set and expertise.
For patients who are diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s important to know that Memorial has the only cancer program in southern Colorado that is associated with an academic medical center, providing greater access to clinical trials. The medical team participates in multidisciplinary conferences where they can discuss the best care plan for each patient. And, we have three dedicated breast surgeons at our Printers Park Medical Plaza and Briargate locations, enabling most patients to meet with a surgeon within 24 hours of a diagnosis.
Preparing for your mammogram appointment
- Call 719-365-2900 to schedule your appointment.
- For your first visit, bring copies of any previous breast exams or reports. Do not wear lotions, powders or deodorant, as they may interfere with imaging.
- Inform your technologist if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or if you have breast implants.
Breast imaging and diagnostic services
We offer the following breast imaging services:
- Screening mammography – A low-dose x-ray examination of the breast that is performed on women with no complaints or symptoms of breast cancer (asymptomatic). The goal of screening mammography is to detect breast cancer when it is still too small to be felt by a physician or the patient. Research has shown that the early detection of small breast cancers by screening mammography greatly improves a woman’s chances for successful treatment.
- Diagnostic mammography – An x-ray exam of the breasts that is performed in order to evaluate a complaint or abnormality detected by physical exam or routine screening mammography.
- Ultrasound – Also called sonography, breast ultrasound is frequently used to evaluate breast abnormalities that are found with screening or diagnostic mammography or during a physician performed clinical breast exam. Ultrasound is excellent at imaging cysts or dense masses.
- MRI – A diagnostic tool that is excellent for imaging soft tissue; it can provide contrast detail between different tissue with very similar densities. To capture MRI images, a patient is typically positioned within an MRI scanner, lying down.
- Needle Core Biopsies – A procedure that involves removing small samples of breast tissue using a needle. Tissue samples are removed and evaluated by a pathologist.
3D tomosynthesis mammography
Stay ahead of breast disease
The first step to staying ahead of breast disease is to know your body. Schedule an annual mammogram at the Mary Lou Beshears Breast Care Center by calling 719-365-2900. A doctor’s referral is not needed for an annual screening mammogram.
The American College of Radiology and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommend that a woman of average risk begin routine annual screening mammography at age 40 and continue for as long as she is in good health. However, the American Cancer Society recommends screening starting at age 45. In cases where breast cancer runs in the family, or in other special circumstances, a doctor may recommend starting mammograms at an earlier age. UCHealth experts recommend that every woman talk to her primary care provider to determine what is best for her.
Additional or earlier screenings may be recommended. Memorial also offers a High Risk Clinic at its Breast Surgery Center in Briargate. We offer personalized assessments for women who may have a higher-than-average risk for breast cancer. Call 719-477-0211 to schedule an appointment with the High Risk Clinic.
Awards and recognition
- Since 1981, the Memorial Hospital Cancer Program has continually maintained its accreditation by the American College of Surgeons and its Commission on Cancer.
- UCHealth’s affiliation with the CU Cancer Center links patients to one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the U.S. Memorial is the only cancer program in Southern Colorado that is associated with an NCI-designated cancer center and an academic medical center, providing greater access to clinical trials.
- The Mary Lou Beshears Breast Care Center at Memorial Hospital is one of nine NAPBC accredited centers in Colorado. The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, (NAPBC), is a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation is granted only to centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Each center must undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and compliance with the NAPBC standards, including an on-site evaluation every three years.
- Digital mammography is available at all of Memorial’s breast care locations.
- We are accredited by the American College of Radiology and received the gold seal for excellence in care. You can rely on Memorial Hospital for the safest possible imaging procedures and technology.