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Our Mission

Welcome to the Breast Care Center at Hays Med where our mission is to offer patient-centered, personalized and compassionate care for those with breast concerns. We are committed to providing comprehensive diagnostic, prevention and survivorship services for those who have a need for specialized breast care.

Patient Comments

November 2015

Awesome service, staff and atmosphere as usual. I feel like a person not a number.

October 2015

Everyone is just wonderful!

My tech was very polite, kind, caring, sweet – Thanks.

March 2015

This department is outstanding! Leah Rhodes is very exceptionally kind and professional.

Leah was extremely thorough and personable. She was very helpful and knowledgeable regarding my procedure.

We were under a lot of stress yesterday with having the diagnosis. I was not really thinking clearly, but everyone got on board and was so supportive and kind. We could not have been more pleased. Each one I came into contact with was superior from the front desk all the way through. They are people to be proud of. It was a difficult day and they all made it better.

Feb 2015

Brandy was very courteous, polite, and helpful. Very professional.

Brandy was helpful and answered all my questions. Friendly, made me feel more relaxed.

Leah was wonderful! She worked so hard to put my mind at ease with an abnormal mammo. I can’t thank her enough. Much appreciated.Denise gave me an excellent breast exam. I also appreciated getting my blood pressure checked.

Jan 2015

They are still the best part of HMC.  Wonderful caring people.  Thanks Denise and front office.

Makenzi, Nicole Spray, and Leah are awesome! Made me feel real comfortable and very informative. Thank you.

Dec 2014

My visit could not have been better!

This is the 3rd year I had the same tech….Leah is great!

I have had Denise and Dr. Spicheil do my mammogram the last two years. Both times I have had exceptional experiences. As someone who has a twin sister and beat cancer, prompt communications is so important. They were caring, compassionate, and went out of their way to fit me in for additional views.

Abby was sweet at registration. Val from housekeeping was pleasant in the lobby. Leah was awesome! Very gentle.

Thank you for prompt care and attention!

Oct 2014

Laura did a great job explaining my exam. Michelle at the front desk was very nice.

The ladies in Mammo are always very friendly and helpful. Leah is great and actually in ahead of my appt time. Awesome! Great customer service and just wonderful people in Mammo.

July 2014

I had a mammogram done in the Breast Care Center – the technologist did an exceptional job!  The facilities are outstanding

It was awesome!  Love the new place!  Leah was very kind and thoughtful and she took the time to show me the new tomo system.

June 2014

This is a very nice place with such caring and professional staff, that really care.

Laura, my technician was very supportive and took extra time to listen to my concerns and to explain the procedure to me.

May 2014

Continue what you are doing – everything is great!

Your staff and the atmosphere is always professional, courteous and informative.  Thank You!

December 2013

Leah is absolutely wonderful!  Thanks for your kindness and professionalism.

Not one thing was done wrong.  Could not believe how fast I was in and out.  Thank You.

October 2013

Everything was great!  Beautiful location, very inviting, relaxing.

April 2013

We are so lucky to have the best Breast Care Center!

March 2013

I love how the rooms are decorated; makes me feel pampered and special.  All of the staff are great but Nicole is one of the nicest and sweetest people I have ever met.  I don’t mind the drive knowing she is there.

January 2013

I’d like to thank Dr. Anne O’Dea.  She is real, she is thorough, she really does a good job explaining things to me.  And the other person is her assistant Nicole.  She will sit there and you can ask her any question you want.  If it takes you a half hour, 20 minutes, even 45 minutes, she will explain everything to you.  Those two are the best.  I really have learned a lot from them, things I didn’t know and nobody ever told me.  If it wasn’t for those two, I would not know it today.  So I really have enjoyed going there and I thank God every day that they’re there.

“They are very caring and make you feel at ease.  And they answered any questions that we needed to know and they made me just feel that the procedure was going to go very well.

“Everyone is so compassionate.  This place should raise my blood pressure but instead it lowers it.  Great Job!”

“Awesome atmosphere and they spent time answering questions!”

“Nicole gave the most thorough breast exam I have ever had.  She also listened to artery in neck, which was just part of a good health exam.”


Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

Hays Imaging Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accrediation in all of the College’s voluntary, breast-imaging accrediation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.

The Hays Imaging Center breast imaging services are fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and MRI Imaging Services with board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. This facility has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personal qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

Screen / Diagnostic Services

When you are seen at the Breast Care Center, you will have a clinical breast exam by a breast specialist. A plan for screening and follow-up will be tailored for you based on your individual risk assessment.

The image of a breast is displayed on a high resolution monitor with advanced software to enhance and magnify for optimal evaluation and interpretation by our board certified radiologist. Advances include reduction in time of compression and a lower average radiation dose. Quality images are viewed quickly to assure the evaluation is complete prior to the patient leaving the room. Digital Mammography is offered at Hays Med and also by the mobile Mammography unit.

Ultrasound is a safe and painless test using sound waves. It is not an x-ray and does not use radiation. The technologist will apply gel to the skin and move a camera-like probe in many directions over the breast. Live, in motion, images are displayed on a high resolution monitor. Ultrasound is used to further study a specific area on a mammogram, palpable lump or guide for minimally invasive procedures. This exam can determine the difference between a fluid filled lesion (cyst) or a solid lesion.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the breast is a special breast imaging technique which utilizes intravenous contrast while obtaining multiple cross-sectional images of your breasts, muscle and chest wall. Image processing and CAD (Computer Aided Detection) system are used for review and interpretation by a board certified radiologist. MRI is highly sensitive for evaluating abnormalities seen on ultrasound or mammography but can also detect lesions that are not-palpable or not seen on mammography. It is especially helpful in women with dense breast tissue or implants which may limit other imaging options. Although used for the detection of breast cancer, it can also be beneficial in evaluating treatment effectiveness or disease in the unaffected breast or breast implant integrity. Optimal imaging requires specific patient scheduling with 7-10 days of their menstrual cycle, cessation of hormone replacement therapy for 30 days and careful safety screening.

This is a minimally invasive procedure using digital x-ray to precisely locate a lesion. We utilize the most state of the art vacuum assisted core biopsy device to remove multiple samples of breast tissue for analysis. This procedure requires the use of local numbing medication injected into the breast (anesthetic) so there is little or no discomfort. *Patient is seated for the procedure*

This is a minimally invasive procedure that uses real-time ultrasound imaging to precisely locate a lesion. We utilize the most state of the art vacuum assisted core biopsy device to remove multiple breast tissue for analysis. This procedure is done using local numbing medication and does not require sutures and caused little or no discomfort.

DEXA (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) is used to determine your risk for bone fractures. It uses a small amount of radiation to look at the density of your bones and mineral content. Scans are safe, easy and determine if you are at risk for osteoporosis. Knowing if you have osteoporosis is important as there are treatment options available to minimize the effects of this process.

Latest Technology

Only 3D mammography available in Kansas outside of Kansas City to improve the fight against breast cancer.

What is breast tomosynthesis?
Breast tomosynthesis converts digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or “slices” – building what is essentially a “3-dimensional mammogram.”

Now the radiologist can see breast tissue detail in a way never before possible.  Instead of viewing all the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, the doctor can examine the tissue a millimeter at a time.  Fine details are more clearly visible, no longer hidden by the tissue above and below.

Should you consider 3D mammography?

*Do you have dense breasts?
*Do you have a history of call backs with your mammograms?
*Do you have a family history of call backs with your mammograms?
*Do you have a history of breast abnormalities or cancer?

What to expect?
A tomosynthesis exam is very similar to a traditional mammogram.  The exam time is approximately the same as a digital mammogram and delivers a similar radiation dose.

Just as with your digital mammogram, our breast will be compressed while the x-ray arm makes a quick arc over the breast taking a series of images at a number of angles.  2D and 3D images are obtained simultaneously.  With tomosynthesis, additional compression and adjustment of the breast is not required.

Screening for Breast Cancer
Doctors and scientists agree that early detection is the best defense against breast cancer.  If we find cancer in its earliest stages, the chances of surviving it are good.  Until now, the best way to do that has been with digital mammography.

While digital mammography is still one of the most advanced technologies available today, it is only a two dimensional picture of the breast.  Since the breast is composed of pockets of dense tissue surrounded by fat, when x-rayed, it creates an image that has overlapping tissue making it difficult to see fine “spots”, called microcalcifications, and other subtle signs of early cancer.

In some cases, the radiologist may ask you to come back for a follow-up examination such as a diagnostic mammogram to rule out any suspicious areas.

An additional screening tool
Breast tomosynthesis is a new technology in the fight against breast cancer.  Breast tomosynthesis is used in conjunction with traditional digital mammography as part of your annual screening mammogram to capture more breast images.  Using breast tomosynthesis and digital mammography together for screening has been proven to reduce “call-backs”.

Breast tomosynthesis allows doctors to examine breast tissue one layer at a time.  This exciting new technology is FDA approved.

*30% increase in breast cancer detection
*3D mammography may provide a lower chance you will have to come back for additional mammographic imaging.
*Only 3D mammography in Kansas outside of Kansas City

The new technology combines 2D and 3D mammography.  Most insurance companies cover the 2D mammography portion of the exam.

There is an additional $75 cost for a 3D mammogram that is payable the day of the exam.  This covers a $40 radiologist interpretation fee and $35 technical fee.

BCC Providers

Brandon Cunningham

Brandon Cunningham

general-surgery, bariatrics, breast-care-center
Denise Garrison, APRN

Denise Garrison, APRN