BID–Needham's BreastCare Center is co-led by Mary Jane Houlihan, MD, a surgical oncologist and breast surgeon at BID–Needham and BIDMC, and Tejas S. Mehta, MD, MPH, Co-director of the BIDMC BreastCare Center and Chief of Breast Imaging at BIDMC.
The Center utilizes the latest technology — including 3D mammography, ultrasounds and MRI — all read by subspecialized breast imagers who also practice at BIDMC. 3D mammography is an innovative screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool that improves the early detection of breast cancer. Integrated screenings and diagnostic imaging services, biopsy and surgical services including breast reconstruction, and a state-of-the art, on-site cancer center provides patients with comprehensive breast care.
The entire BreastCare Center space — from waiting rooms to patient rooms — was designed with patient input. From the time a patient is greeted at the door, we aim to provide the most convenient, private and calming environment.
While BID–Needham has a long history of practicing multi-disciplinary medicine, this new space brings the entire patient care team — encompassing radiologists, technologists, nurse practitioners, breast surgeons, a nurse navigator, and a social worker — together in the same space. Expertise and teamwork, centered around the patient means a more positive experience.
The breast imaging department is accredited with the American College of Radiology. Our mammography technical staff are all registered with specific credentials for mammography. Our breast ultrasound staff are all registered with specific training in breast ultrasound.
Following a surgical biopsy of an imaging abnormality or mass, BIDMC’s world-renowned breast pathology team reviews the pathology and discusses the results with the radiologist. The breast pathologists at BIDMC are known nationally and internationally as leaders in their field.The radiologist contacts the referring doctor with further recommendations. If a cancer diagnosis is made, the breast pathologist, along with the breast surgeon, radiation and medical oncologists, radiologist and social worker create a care plan that is individualized to the patient.
The BreastCare Center integrates seamlessly with the Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center and Surgical Pavilion, both of which opened in 2014. This provides patients with immediate access to breast surgery and reconstruction, as well as ongoing treatment and support services. The close connection to the BIDMC Cancer Center in Boston offers patients in Needham access to the latest clinical trials and research.