A note from Dr. Amanda Demetri-Lewis, Breast Care Director:
York Hospital Breast Care at York Hospital and in Wells is now open for both diagnostic and screening exams. Our patient’s safety is of utmost importance to us. To that end, we are spacing out patient appointments so there are fewer patients seen allowing appropriate distancing. We are following CDC guidelines to ensure patient and staff safety. Both patients and staff are to wear face masks (provided for you if needed). Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations are available to our patients and all patient spaces are thoroughly cleansed between patients. We want you to feel safe and comfortable when you have your exam with us. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to resuming your care.
To provide increased access for our patients in a socially distant format, we are offering the opportunity to get a mammogram and leave without your results. You will be contacted with your results typically within 24 for hours. We will also mail you a copy of your results per MQSA/FDA regulations.
March 25, 2021
The Covid-19 Vaccine and Your Mammogram –
Schedule Now or Later?
A Message for our Breast Care Patients from Dr. Amanda Lewis, York Hospital Breast Radiologist:
Recent media coverage regarding the efficacy of a mammogram, following administration of a COVID-19 vaccine, has caused concern among women – our patients included – when planning for this annual test. Reports have indicated that side effects from the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine may include swollen and tender lymph nodes. These were found in 11.6% of patients following the first dose, and 16% of patients after the second dose of the Moderna; lower amounts were detected following the Pfizer vaccine.
This does not mean that you should cancel your mammogram. The vaccine that prevents COVID-19 can cause swollen lymph nodes under the arm in which the shot was given; and because your lymph nodes are integral to the body’s immune response, the swelling is a sign that your body is responding to the vaccine and building up defenses against the corona virus. These lymph nodes, if reactive and enlarged, may be imaged on your mammogram. Concerns arise because breast cancer can also cause enlargement of these lymph nodes if cancer cells spread to the lymph nodes.
We continue to recommend that our patients have routine mammography without delay in care. However, we ask that you let us know the date of your vaccination, along with arm chosen for the shot. This will be helpful when reading the mammogram images, and whether to consider if additional imaging or follow-up may be needed. However, for those who prefer to schedule their screening mammogram based on the timing of their COVID-19 vaccine, the appointment may be made prior to the first vaccine dose, or four to six weeks following the second dose.
If you have additional questions, or would like to make an appointment with us, please contact York Hospital’s Care Access Center at 207-752-8642.
York Hospital’s Breast Care service promises to provide you with breast imaging to diagnose accurately with the highest quality images possible…answers, promptly and personally… and guidance to support treatment decisions based on the best science available…all delivered with compassion. Whether it’s a routine mammogram or advanced breast treatment – getting prompt, personal answers and expert care – is paramount. York Hospital’s Breast Care service offers quality care in a loving environment.
The Difference is 3D mammography…where we can find cancer at its earliest and most treatable stage.
York Hospital is proud to offer the latest in breast cancer screening to our patients in Maine and the seacoast area. Breast Care now offers Tomosynthesis 3D mammography, a technology which allows our Breast Radiologists to see breast tissue in ways never before possible.
Our team consists of Fellowship trained breast radiologists who are on-site and available to go over results within moments of your exam.
We utilize the latest technology to provide the highest quality of images possible. We offer complete breast diagnostic care, including screening and diagnostic mammograms (with results provided before you leave your appointment!), breast ultrasound, stereotactic breast biopsy and Breast MRI.
The Breast Care Center is also home to dedicated nurses and expert technologists to help you navigate through evaluation and treatment needs or to answer any questions you may have. Our Specialized Breast Care nurses will help guide you through the process of detection, diagnosis and treatment. They are part of our multidisciplinary team, working closely with the radiologist, primary care doctors, onco logists, surgeons and other health care professionals in your journey. Our caring team of experts is here for you!
We are fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided biopsy. We are one of only a few Maine and New Hampshire centers designated as a Center of Excellence.
Breast Care Service Locations
York Hospital Location
15 Hospital Drive, York, Maine 03909
York Hospital’s Breast Care Center is located at the end of the “Hancock” Hallway on the 2nd floor of the main hospital building at 15 Hospital Drive. The closest entrance to our service is through the “HANCOCK” entrance on the back side of the campus. Simply walk straight down the hallway to our center! At the York Center, we offer digital mammography (with results provided before you leave your appointment), ultrasound, breast biopsy, and breast MRI services.
York Hospital in Wells Location
112 Sanford Road, Wells, Maine 04090
Building B, 2nd Floor
York Hospital’s Breast Care center in Wells is located in “Building B” on the Wells Campus. Turn LEFT as you enter the campus and proceed to Building B. We are located on the 2nd Floor. At the Wells Center, we offer digital mammography (with results provided before you leave your appointment), as well as ultrasound services.
Appointments available Monday – Friday in our York or Wells locations. Evening appointments are available!
Treatments & Services
The most advanced diagnostics in a caring environment. Results provided before you leave.
Our team consists of Fellowship trained breast radiologists who are on-site and available to go over results within moments of your exam. You will know your results before you leave! No more anxious waiting!