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Jackson Health System provides the most comprehensive diagnoses and treatment of breast cancer and breast disease with leading-edge technology and equipment throughout the system. The earlier any cancer is found, the better the chances are for a full recovery, making it imperative for women to receive routine care and tests. That's why Jackson Health System conveniently offers breast health services throughout South Florida.

Services Provided At These Hospitals & Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

The Taylor Breast Health Center/Roberta Orlen Chaplin Digital Breast Imaging Center occupies a modern, spacious, patient-friendly space, equipped with state-of-the-art mammography and breast ultrasound equipment. The space has direct access to the MRI area, which also has ultramodern breast MRI equipment. Our center is staffed by University of Miami Miller School of Medicine board-certified, fellowship trained physicians, experts in their respective fields. All nurse practitioners, nurses, radiology technicians, and support staff have years of experience and provide a patient-centered service.

Specialized Services

  • Screening Digital Mammography: offered at the center and at the Mobile Mammography Unit
  • Diagnostic Digital Mammography with tomosynthesis (3D)
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Breast MRI
  • Image-guided breast procedures: core needle biopsy, fine needle aspiration, and pre-surgical needle localization under mammographic, ultrasound, stereotactic, and MRI guidance.

Clinical/Surgical Services

  • Patient Education in an Age-Appropriate Manner including Self Breast Examination
  • Pathology/Cytology Services with Same-day Results (for certain biopsies)
  • Treatment Planning for Benign and Malignant Conditions
  • Counseling and Therapy
  • High-risk Clinic and Genetic Counseling
  • Pre and Post-Breast Surgery Care and Education
  • Long-term Follow-up of Breast Cancer Patients

Consulting Services

  • Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Pathology
  • Genetic Counselling

Physician Team

Breast Imaging Radiology

  • Fernando Collado-Mesa, MD, Medical Director
  • Selin Carkaci, MD
  • Karen Levy, MD

Surgical Oncology

  • Eli Avisar, MD, Medical Director
  • Dio Fanceschi, MD
  • Mecker Moller, MD
  • Steven Rodgers, MD


  • Jeanne Elfman, RN, Associate Nurse Manager
  • Ramona Salinel, ARNP
  • Odiane Medacier, ARNP
  • Ritza Georges, RN


  • Yamilet Lopez, Radiology Supervisor
  • Silvia Gutierrez, Administration Support Specialist

Tests, Treatments & Procedures

  • Palpable Mass Biopsy
    The biopsy or excision of a palpable (tangible) mass.
  • Needle Localization
    The localization of an intangible mass with a needle, performed by radiologists.
  • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
    Uses a special type of X-ray during a core needle biopsy to find the area of the breast where the biopsy sample will be taken. This technique can check a lump that cannot be felt on breast examination but is seen on mammogram or ultrasound. A small incision is then made in the skin of the breast, and the core needle is guided by the X-ray to the biopsy site to take a tissue sample. Stereotactic biopsy may not be appropriate for all types of breast lumps.
  • Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy
    Lumps or abnormalities in the breast are often detected by physical examination, mammography, or other imaging studies. However, it is not always possible to tell from these imaging tests whether a growth is benign or cancerous. In ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, ultrasound imaging is used to help guide the radiologist's instruments to the site of the abnormal growth.
Jackson Memorial Hospital - More Hospital Info 1611 NW 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

Jackson North Medical Center

Jackson North Medical Center offers state-of-the-art digital mammography technology, providing women with fast, convenient testing, while while ensuring that our physicians receive advanced, high-quality imaging.

Specialized Services

  • Digital Mammography Technology
  • Stereotactic Biopsy
Jackson North Medical Center - More Hospital Info 160 N.W. 170th Street
North Miami Beach, Fl 33169

Jackson South Community Hospital

The Comprehensive Breast Center at Jackson South Community Hospital provides state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and treatment for patients in one convenient location. The center is staffed by seasoned physicians experienced in treating breast cancer and other breast ailments.

Specialized Services

  • Digital Screening and Diagnostic Mammography
  • Diagnostic Breast Ultrasound
  • Biopsy Procedures (including needle localizations, ultrasound or stereotactic biopsies)
  • Breast MRI and MRI-guided Breast Biopsies
  • Pathology and Cytology Services
  • Generic Testing and Counseling
  • Clinical Evaluation Including Treatment Planning
  • Patient Education in an Age-Appropriate Manner

Tests, Treatments & Procedures

2D Ultrasound with Doppler
Doppler ultrasound is a noninvasive test that can be used to measure your blood flow and blood pressure by bouncing high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) off red blood cells. A regular ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images, but can't show blood flow.

A Doppler ultrasound can estimate how fast blood flows by measuring the rate of change in its pitch (frequency). During a Doppler ultrasound, a technician trained in ultrasound imaging (sonographer) presses a small hand-held device (transducer) about the size of a bar of soap, against your breast, moving from one area to another as necessary. This test may be done as an alternative to more-invasive procedures such as arteriography and venography, which involve injecting dye into the blood vessels so that they shows up clearly on X-ray images. 

Bone Density
A bone density test - also called densitometry or DXA scan - determines whether you have osteoporosis or are at risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break.

In the past, osteoporosis could only be detected after you broke a bone. By that time, however, your bones could be quite weak. A bone density test makes it possible to know your risk of breaking bones before the fact.  bone density test uses x-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. A bone density test is a fairly accurate predictor of your risk of fracture.

Digital Mammography
One of the latest medical advances in breast health is the development of digital mammography. A digital mammogram is performed very similar to a regular mammogram, but the image is analyzed on a monitor and stored electronically instead of being printed on a film. Hard copies can always be produced, if needed.

The use of digital mammograms shortens the wait time for results and allows radiologists - medical professionals who read and review mammograms - to get a clearer image, including the visualization of discrete irregularities in the breast that could be early signs of breast cancer. Digital mammograms also enable radiologists to see the image before a woman leaves the office so if another image is needed, it can be done right then instead of at a follow-up appointment. The center will also be able to turn old mammogram films digital.

Digital Ultrasound
The primary use of ultrasound today is to help diagnose breast abnormalities detected by a physician during a physical exam and to characterize potential abnormalities seen on mammography.

Ultrasound imaging can help to determine if an abnormality is solid (which may be a non-cancerous lump of tissue or a cancerous tumor) or fluid-filled (such as a benign cyst). Ultrasound can also help show additional features of the abnormal area. Because ultrasound provides real-time images, it can also be used to guide procedures, like needle biopsies, in which a needle is used to sample cells from an abnormal area for laboratory testing.

Jackson South Community Hospital - More Hospital Info 9333 S.W. 152nd Street
Miami, FL 33157