Breast health

Edward-Elmhurst Health offers leading-edge breast technology and care. Whether you are striving to maintain your breast health or regain it after a cancer diagnosis, our multidisciplinary cancer team puts you first.

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or call 630-527-3200.
Same-day appointments available.

Breast imaging services

Early diagnosis is key to treating breast cancer, which is why Edward-Elmhurst Health offers a variety of breast imaging services designed to detect cancer and provide a clear picture of your specific needs, including no-referral mammograms. Edward-Elmhurst Health's breast imaging services are accredited by the American College of Radiology.


A mammogram is the single most effective method of early breast cancer detection. Learn more about screening mammograms — everything from what is a mammogram and when you should get one, to how you can schedule a no-referral mammogram online.

3D mammography is the latest technology that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. Learn more about mammograms

Schedule your mammogram online or contact us at 630-527-3200 (Option #1 for Edward or Option #2 for Elmhurst).

Breast ultrasound

A breast ultrasound may be used to obtain views of suspicious breast tissue.

Schedule your mammogram online or contact us at 630-527-3200 (Option #1 for Edward or Option #2 for Elmhurst).

Molecular Breast Imaging

Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) is a new way of providing functional images of the breast. This new technology is used alongside Mammography when results are inconclusive or if additional information is needed. Unlike other breast imaging modalities, MBI gives your physician the option to focus on cellular activity within the tissue, instead of taking pictures of breast tissue.

Women who have dense breast tissue and increased breast cancer risk are most likely to benefit from an MBI exam. Learn more about this new breast imaging system

A physician referral is required for an MBI. Contact your physician to determine if MBI is right for you.

Schedule your mammogram online or contact us at 630-527-3200 (Option #1 for Edward or Option #2 for Elmhurst).

Breast MRI

MRI uses a powerful magnet linked to a computer that produces detailed, cross-sectional pictures of tissue inside the breast. MRI is useful for women whose dense breast tissue makes it more difficult to detect abnormalities with a mammogram.

Schedule your mammogram online or contact us at 630-527-3200 (Option #1 for Edward or Option #2 for Elmhurst).

Breast density exam

By looking at your mammogram or the measure of breast density, your physician may conclude that you have dense breasts and may suggest other types of breast imaging, which helps in earlier detection of breast cancer.

Schedule your mammogram online or contact us at 630-527-3200 (Option #1 for Edward or Option #2 for Elmhurst).

Automated whole breast ultrasound

For women with dense breasts, automated whole-breast ultrasound (AWBUS) is a supplementary ultrasound examination of both breasts that can find small cancers that mammography may miss.

Schedule your mammogram online or contact us at 630-527-3200 (Option #1 for Edward or Option #2 for Elmhurst).

Breast cancer risk assessment program

Dr. Laura Boyd, a family medicine physician with Elmhurst Clinic, and Dr. Christine Gresik, a breast surgeon with Edward-Elmhurst Health, discuss issues related to breast cancer prevention, detection and treatment.

Are you concerned about your risk of breast cancer? Learning more about your risk can be the first step in preventing the disease or catching it at its earliest, most treatable stage.

Edward-Elmhurst Health offers a Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Program for people with certain risk factors. The program’s team will work with you to first identify your risk, and then develop a plan of action to reduce it.

How can I determine if I am at high risk?

To help you assess your risk of developing breast cancer, answer these five questions:

  1. Do you have a family or personal history of:
    1. Breast cancer before age 50?
    2. Breast cancer in two or more close relatives?*
    3. Breast cancer in a male relative?
    4. Breast cancer in both breasts or twice in the same breast?
    5. Ovarian cancer at any age?
  2. Do you have a family member who has a known mutation in BRCA1, BRCA2 or another breast cancer susceptibility gene?
  3. Do you have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation?
  4. Do you have a history of biopsy-proven atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH), atypical lobular hyperplasia (ALH), or lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)?
  5. Have you had chest wall radiation (for example, in treatment for Hodgkin’s disease) between ages 10 and 30?

*Definition of close relatives: mother, father, sister, daughter, brother, son, aunt, uncle, grandmother, grandfather, granddaughter, grandson, niece, nephew, half-brother or half-sister.

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be at an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Talk to your doctor, or call our Breast Centers and a nurse navigator will answer your questions or schedule an appointment for you to meet with our Breast Center care team. For Edward Hospital, call 630-527-5365. For Elmhurst Hospital, call 331-221-6037.

High risk clinic

If it is determined that you are at high risk for breast cancer, our High Risk Clinics can provide you with a personalized risk reduction plan, which may include the following:

  • More frequent mammograms and/or additional imaging modalities, such as breast MRI
  • Genetic testing
  • Medical therapies for risk reduction, such as Tamoxifen
  • Surgical intervention for those at highest risk

Your physician or nurse navigator will help coordinate the services you need at our High Risk Clinic.

Breast biopsy

A breast biopsy is a procedure performed by a radiologist or surgeon to sample abnormal breast tissue for laboratory analysis. Breast biopsies allow physicians to evaluate abnormalities seen on the ultrasound, mammography and MRI. Biopsy is the only way to determine if an abnormality is benign or cancerous. Having a breast biopsy does not mean that you have breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, four out of every five biopsies performed are not cancerous.

Breast biopsy results clinic

We offer a Breast Biopsy Results Clinic for patients undergoing an image-guided breast biopsy. At the time of the biopsy, the patient is given a follow up appointment with the Results Clinic where, if they results are positive, they will return for a meeting with the radiologist and the breast nurse navigator within 48-72 hours of their biopsy to receive more detailed information and learn next steps.

We perform more than 500 biopsies each year. Specially trained pathologists carefully analyze breast tissue specimens, usually making a diagnosis within 24 hours of your procedure.

Several different kinds of biopsies exist, and the type your physician recommends depends on the size, location and the abnormality detected. Learn more about our biopsy procedures.

Breast cancer care team

Our physicians are board-certified specialists in hematology, oncology, breast cancer surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and benign breast surgery. Meet our cancer care experts

Breast cancer nurse navigators

Nurse navigators are patient educators and care guides whose mission is to improve the cancer treatment experience for Edward-Elmhurst Health patients. Nurse Navigators assist patients and their families immediately following diagnosis all the way through treatment. Your nurse navigator can help you better understand your diagnosis and treatment options and help coordinate care between your physician, surgeon and other support services.

Contact a nurse navigator today. For Edward Hospital, call 630-527-5365. For Elmhurst Hospital, call 331-221-6036.

Breast cancer treatment

If you receive a breast cancer diagnosis, our cancer experts are on hand to help.

Explore our advanced breast cancer treatment

Support services

We understand that caring for you extends beyond treating the disease alone. During your cancer care at Edward-Elmhurst, we offer a variety of services to support your well-being, including:

Second Opinion Clinic

You have a right to a second opinion.

Learn more about Edward-Elmhurst Health's Second Opinion Clinics and take charge of your health today.

Clinical trials

Edward-Elmhurst Health is committed to research and improving outcomes for patients with breast cancer.

View our clinical trials

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