In the fight against breast cancer, accurate screening and precise diagnosis are vital and at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, we take this fight seriously.
Focused Expertise, Fast Results
A specialized breast radiologist reads all mammograms at the Breast Care Center-Southeast. This means that the doctor reading your mammogram or performing your biopsy has the highest level of experience and education in breast imaging. “As a specialist, my goal is to catch breast cancer earlier,” explains Jibi Thomas, M.D., a fellowship-trained breast radiologist affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast. “Most mammograms are not read by specialists. My expertise enables me to detect abnormalities earlier.”
Dr. Thomas also meets with patients directly to discuss their results. Patients can ask questions and learn results faster. Most women undergoing a diagnostic mammogram know the outcome before leaving the Center. “Waiting for results can be difficult,” says Dr. Thomas. “We try to reduce anxiety by providing information quickly. We can move forward with treatment right away if necessary.”
The Breast Care Center-Southeast offers a wide range of advanced screening and diagnostic tools, including digital mammograms, breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided breast biopsy and stereotactic biopsy. The Center also helps facilitate care if cancer is found. Our staff works closely with oncologists, surgeons and other specialists, discussing each patient case to ensure the best care. The Center’s Nurse Navigator helps the patient throughout the process, including making appointments, assisting with biopsies and even holding her hand through a procedure. “My mother survived breast cancer,” explains Dr. Thomas. “She’s the reason I specialize in breast imaging and believe in the difference a comprehensive breast care center can make.”
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
When was your last mammogram? Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital offers extended hours for appointments during the month of October. Screening mammograms do not require an order from your physician. To make an appointment, call 281.929.6485.