The Sentara RMH Funkhouser Women’s Center in Harrisonburg, VA provides our female patients with a combination of breast health care services and experts, including mammography screening, breast cancer genetic testing, breast health navigators and surgical options for breast surgery.
We provide self-referral screening mammography services both onsite and on location with our mobile health services van. The latest mammographic technology available, Tomosynthesis (3D mammography) is now available at the Women's Center.
We also provide diagnostic breast studies of mammograms, breast ultrasound, MRI, scintimammography and MRI, stereotactic and ultrasound-guided breast biopsies.
If you’re age 40 or older, it’s recommended that you have an annual mammogram. To schedule your mammogram, call Sentara RMH Central Scheduling at 540-689-6000.
When a woman has received a diagnosis of breast cancer, after a screening mammography, she has the option of seeing a dedicated breast surgeon with Sentara RMH Breast Care. The surgeon provides consultation, follow-up, and surgical services for women who have benign or malignant breast conditions. She also offers genetic testing for women concerned about familial or heredity issues related to breast and ovarian cancer. In addition, she has significant expertise in treating disorders associated with breastfeeding and with other benign breast disease.
Learn more about breast cancer care and surgery at Sentara RMH.
A significant advance in the science of breast care was the discovery in 1994 of gene mutations that cause breast and ovarian cancer. Since then, according to the National Cancer Institute, scientists have determined that about five to 10 percent of breast and ovarian cancer cases are hereditary, due to a mutated gene known as BRACA1 or BRACA2. Gene carriers do not inherit cancer, but rather a heightened risk of cancer. Genetic testing is one of the many breast health care services available at Sentara RMH and is provided by Dr. Heidi Rafferty.
Genetic testing is a simple procedure; patients are given a special mouthwash to swish in their mouth and then release into a cup. The mouthwash specimen is sent out for testing; results return in about two weeks. Patients should not eat, drink or chew gum for one hour before the test.
Learn more about genetic testing at Sentara RMH Medical Center.
Molecular Breast Imaging
Molecular Breast Imaging, or MBI, is an imaging modality like mammography and ultrasounds that takes a picture of the tissue within the breast. MBI, however, allows physicians to see the metabolic activity of the tissue, and see if the tissue “acts” suspicious, which can help differentiate benign from malignant tissue since they often look alike on mammograms and ultrasounds.
The Mayo Clinic conducted a study in 2015 on the dual head camera technology and concluded that MBI, as an adjunct to screening mammography, increased the detection of invasive cancers by 400%. They further proved MBI to reduce unnecessary breast biopsies by 50%.
Sentara RMH Medical Center is the first hospital on the east coast to have the GE Discovery NM750B MBI system with biopsy. This means a biopsy can be performed on a lesion with the same machine.