The Schmidt Family Center for Breast Care
The Schmidt Family Center for Breast Care at the Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute is the leader in breast care in Southern Florida. We perform nearly 100,000 screenings and diagnostic procedures each year.
The Center is home to a team of internationally renowned and fellowship-trained radiologists and the most sophisticated patient-centered breast imaging technology in the region. With our wide range of diagnostic tools, innovative technologies and clinical excellence, we save lives through early cancer detection.
Designed with a woman in mind
The Schmidt Family Center for Breast Care at the Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute was designed for women by women. From the building’s beautiful design and soothing atmosphere to our welcoming staff, the Center provides quality, personalized care to deliver an exceptional experience.
We have created a sensory-stimulating environment to help reduce anxiety and discomfort. Each imaging suite provides an experience that engages multiple senses, including sight, sound and smell. This includes our gowns, which are soft and comfortable to wear while waiting for your mammogram.
We offer the latest technology with attention to safety and patient privacy. Our mammography suites feature the Senographe Pristina™─ a mammography experience that is faster, quieter and more comfortable during compression with its rounded curves. The improved quality of the images results in fewer retakes – saving you time and delivering your test results quicker.
We understand that waiting for the results of your screening or diagnostic test can make you anxious. We are committed to providing you with same-day results. If additional imaging tests are recommended, such as an ultrasound, you have the option to complete them during your same visit.
If a biopsy is advised, the radiologist will meet with you to explain your test results, show you your images and discuss biopsy options. You will be connected with a nurse navigator who will coordinate your care and answer your questions.
The nurse navigator arranges for consultations with specialists as needed, as well as services at the Lynn Cancer Institute. Newly diagnosed breast cancer patients are transitioned to the caring and capable hands of the navigation team at the Lynn Cancer Institute.
Breast cancer imaging technology
The Center is known for innovative technologies for the early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer.
We have become the regional leader in diagnostic imaging. Our leading-edge technology includes the most comprehensive breast imaging diagnostic tools:
- 2D Digital Mammography
- 3D Digital Breast Tomosynthesis
- Dedicated breast ultrasound with ShearWave Elastography
- Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI)
- 3T Breast MRI
- Positron Emission Mammography (PEM)
- Contrast Enhanced Spectral Mammography (CESM)
We offer minimally-invasive breast procedures, including:
- Sentinel node injection
- Node mapping and radioactive seed localization
- Biopsy via stereotaxis, ultrasound, MRI and PEM guidance
Center of Excellence
The Schmidt Family Center for Breast Care is recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and certified as a Center of Excellence by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
The Center is also designated as a GE Healthcare national show site, highlighting GE Healthcare’s advanced imaging tools for detecting breast cancer in one clinical setting. As a national show site, our specialists and staff welcome visitors from around the world to share insights, clinical protocols and expertise related to GE Healthcare’s interconnected breast care solution.
Your satisfaction in the care provided at the Schmidt Family Center for Breast Care is extremely important to us. Every member of our team shares the goal to exceed your expectations.
Please let us know about your experience. To maintain the highest level of satisfaction, our team is engaged in continuous improvement based on your feedback.
High-Risk breast clinic
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. This is why our breast care team believes individualized breast cancer risk assessments are a key step in cancer prevention and early detection.
An initial visit in our High-risk Breast Clinic includes a meeting with Dr. Cheryl Moss-Mellman, Director of Clinical Breast Services. She will perform a comprehensive risk evaluation and a clinical breast exam. She will work closely with you to determine your true risk percentage and design an individual imaging surveillance plan that includes ways to reduce breast cancer risk.
Breast care services are available in three locations and our mobile mammography van.
Meet the Team
The specialized team of professionals at the Schmidt Family Center for Breast Care includes:
- Specially trained mammography technologists accredited by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
- Breast-specific sonographers certified through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography
- Board-certified and fellowship-trained breast imaging radiologists
- Director of Clinical Breast Services, Dr. Cheryl Moss-Mellman
- Genetic counselor
- Nurse navigator
- Breast surgeons
Miami Cancer Institute can provide access to clinical trials not widely available elsewhere. Clinical trials find new ways to treat and diagnose cancer and are ongoing. If an appropriate trial is available, we will talk to you about the benefits and risks.