Breast Center Services
Eisenhower offers preventive screenings such as screening mammograms and DEXA scans in our Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and La Quinta locations. We are continuing to provide diagnostic, biopsy and needle localization procedures at the Rancho Mirage location.
Whether it is your annual checkup or an advanced procedure, having it at an Eisenhower Breast Center location means you benefit from:
- Three beautifully appointed facilities focused on women's needs for breast care.
For your convenience, you may have your mammogram at the Eisenhower Schnitzer/Novack Breast Centers at Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center or in La Quinta at the Eisenhower George and Julia Argyros Health Center as well as the new Eisenhower Anne and Kirk Douglas Breast Center now open at the Eisenhower Health Center at Sunrise in Palm Springs.
- State-of-the-art digital tomosynthesis mammography equipment designed specifically for a more comfortable exam is used at all three locations.
- Advanced equipment that performs exams faster and uses 60 percent less radiation.
- Computer-aided detection (CAD) software improves the accuracy of every mammogram.
- Streamlined scheduling and registration reduces wait time.
- Specialized mammography radiologists - physicians dedicated to breast health - are the foundation of the Center and truly understand the concerns and needs of women.
- A Breast Nurse Specialist is your advocate and guide throughout the entire diagnosis, treatment and follow-up process. She is a friendly and familiar face available to answer questions and make your visit more comfortable.
- Additional diagnostic tools for follow-up in cases of suspicious lesions or difficult-to-read mammograms.
- Medical Director, Eisenhower Schnitzer/Novack Breast Center
- Internal Medicine*
- Diagnostic Radiology*
Eisenhower Schnitzer/Novack Breast Center Locations
Anne and Kirk Douglas Breast Center Locations
Is it normal to have lymph node swelling under the arm where the vaccination was given?
- Yes, this is a normal immune reaction to a vaccine. Most nodes return to normal without intervention within a few days or weeks.
Should I have a mammogram after receiving my COVID-19 vaccination?
- Eisenhower Health and many leading cancer centers across the nation are advising that women wait six weeks after their second COVID-19 shot to have a routine screening mammogram.
- Please note: Because the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (a single shot) is new, there is not enough data to know whether it will cause enlarged lymph nodes. A recommendation will be made as data becomes available.
What if I don't want to wait six weeks after my second shot?/What if I've already scheduled my mammogram?
- You are welcome to have your routine screening mammogram sooner but if you are experiencing swelling, please note that you may be asked to come back to the Breast Center for an ultrasound or a follow up visit to check your lymph nodes.
What if I haven't had a mammogram in a few years? Or feel a lump?
- Do not delay having a mammogram if you are overdue or if you have had any symptoms like a breast lump or thickening.
With two convenient locations, the Eisenhower Schnitzer/Novack Breast Center welcomes you with our friendly staff and warm environment. State-of-the-art technology is balanced with rich colors and textures to reflect the serenity and comfort of your home. The Center offers an approach to women's health care that is comprehensive, convenient and caring. Here you have access to complete breast care, from screening mammography through diagnosis and follow-up. And while our focus is breast health care, our goal is your peace of mind.
To schedule an appointment for your mammogram, please call 760-773-4338. Please ask about our locations in Rancho Mirage and La Quinta in order to have your appointment at the location that is most convenient for you.
Coordinated and compassionate services are the cornerstone of our care. If a suspicious lump or thickening is detected, our breast health team is here for you every step of the way. Our Breast Nurse Specialist will help you understand your options and demystify the breast cancer treatment process. She'll also help coordinate any services you might need, such as breast cancer support groups or programs.
Eisenhower Health is proud to use the latest imaging technology at all of its locations, designed to provide higher quality 3D images for radiologists, a more comfortable mammography experience for patients and enhanced workflow for technologists. High resolution, low radiation mammograms provide excellent detection for patients with all types of breast tissue, particularly those with dense breasts. Unlike traditional digital mammography, breast tomosynthesis produces multiple exposures from different angles that offer a 3D view of the breast. The tomosynthesis mammogram has been found to reduce the frequency of patients being “called back” to the office to have follow up imaging to rule out concerns. To learn more, ask about the “Tomo” when you call for your appointment. Certain patients are not eligible for the Tomo based on pre-existing conditions; be sure to ask if it’s right for you. Most major insurance plans, including Medicare, provide coverage for this type of mammogram. Ask for more information when you make your appointment.
Eisenhower also uses Contrast Enhanced Spectral Mammography (CESM) which functions as an adjunctive test to an inconclusive mammogram or ultrasound.
Eisenhower is also a Breast Center of Excellence recognized by the American College of Radiology.