Breast health is important to every woman- and every woman’s breast health is unique. That is why our providers created the Longstreet Clinic Breast Center – a comprehensive program that combines the latest diagnostic techniques and expedited screening processes with a team of knowledgeable providers, all committed to providing personalized care and supporting your optimal breast health.
Our commitment to our patients revolves around providing an immediate and definitive pathway for care. We have streamlined every aspect of the patient experience with you in mind – to cater to your individual needs and provide customized breast care as quickly as possible. That means should initial diagnostics reveal a concern, the Breast Center ensures that the patient receives further diagnostics and guidance from our team of experienced, specialized providers as soon as possible – even the same day.
And thanks to an investment in the latest diagnostic technology, as well as on-site board-certified radiologists, you can also depend on the Longstreet Clinic Breast Center for timely, accurate results and diagnosis you can trust.
Longstreet Clinic Breast Center’s integrated approach includes a team of radiologists, surgeons and oncologists working together to create a smooth, prompt patient experience – all with an eye on helping you avoid or treat breast cancer with the most effective tools possible. And because all these experts are right here in one location, you can easily access their expertise and maintain a continuity of care with a team of expert providers dedicated to your wellbeing.
Breast Care Specialists
Led by Priscilla Ruth Strom, M.D., FACS, the first female surgery resident at Emory and the first trauma fellow at Emory; Brad Auffarth, M.D. FACS, Breast Health program director for Northeast Georgia Health System; and experienced general surgeon Geary Bush, M.D., FACS, Longstreet Clinic’s Breast Center is centered around providing the absolute best care experience available. Our surgeons have a concentration in breast surgery, and for the past 10 years, Dr. Strom has dedicated her practice entirely to breast surgery.
They are joined by certified nurse practitioner Lisa Logue, FNP-C, AOCN, who has worked extensively with Longstreet Clinic’s oncology department. She serves as an immediate resource to provide personalized care planning with patients should results show an abnormality that might need further diagnostics like a biopsy or further follow up and help those patients quickly receive that next step in their care.
If needed, this cohesive team works closely with the other specialties in our clinic, such as our medical oncology team, in order to create a smooth treatment path. We also maintain great working relationships with other community providers such as radiation oncologists and plastic surgeons.
What sets us apart:
Longstreet Clinic Breast Center is a member of the National Consortium of Breast Centers. When our physicians created the breast center, they wanted patients here in north Georgia to have immediate access to the absolute best care experience available anywhere:
- Expert risk assessment and genetic counseling – from a specially developed patient risk screening assessment to the availability of genetic counseling, we can provide additional data to help determine a patient’s risk level based on family history as well as overall breast health and aid in diagnostic and preventative care planning
- Multi-specialty breast team – experienced surgeons, radiologists, imaging specialists and oncologists all working in concert to assess any potential discoveries.
- Latest breast health imaging and technology – including 3D Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) and Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT), as well as in-office surgeon-guided stereotactic and ultrasound breast biopsies.
- Expedited screening process – time is of the essence in every breast cancer diagnosis. Should you need it, we provide same-day access to diagnostic testing and even our breast team to provide personalized care planning and guidance to ensure you get as far as possible through the diagnostic process during your visit.
- Flexible hours – We are open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and same-day appointments may be available to help work your breast health into your busy schedule.
- Personalized care planning – Every woman is unique. Our comprehensive approach offers a full range of care and treatment options that combine technology with a personal touch, and is designed around each patient’s specific needs.
Also referred to as Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) or tomo, 3D mammography is one of the latest technological innovations in women’s healthcare. It enables images of the whole breast to be taken in sections, and then reconstructed three-dimensionally. This helps doctors to see all around and between the breast tissues to help perform an accurate analysis and search for possible abnormalities.
A 3D mammography exam is similar to a standard mammogram. The main difference is that during the scan, the X-ray tube will move to capture multiple images of the breast from different angles. 3D mammography is performed with the same level of compression and takes approximately the same amount of time as a traditional two-dimensional mammogram.
Accreditation by the American College of Radiology ensures that our technologists and equipment meet the highest standards of excellence. It is just one portion of an evolving approach to breast care.
ABUS (3D Automated Breast Ultrasound)
Early detection of breast cancer is extremely important. That’s why Longstreet Clinic is pleased to be the first in northeast Georgia and only facility within a 60-mile radius to offer Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS), a supplemental screening tool designed for women whose mammograms demonstrate increased breast density.
Dense breast tissue is normal. In fact, approximately 40 percent of women have it. However, breast cancer can hide in dense breast tissue, making it more difficult to detect early-stage cancers with mammography alone. When used in conjunction with mammography, ABUS can increase breast cancer detection by more than 35 percent.
The ABUS procedure requires just 15 minutes and there is no radiation associated with it. ABUS will be applied to your insurance deductible, so there may be an out-of-pocket expense.
And because we know that time is of the essence, your ABUS and mammogram results will be communicated to you in as little as two business days.
Outpatient stereotactic and ultrasound-guided biopsies
Should your exams and screenings show abnormalities, our surgeons can proceed to the next level of examination, including stereotactic and ultrasound-guided biopsies. We can perform these procedures in the comfort and convenience of our offices, instead of a hospital setting, and you will receive an accurate diagnosis with only local anesthesia and a tiny incision. In-office procedures are often more cost effective for the patient as well.
The Longstreet Clinic Breast Center is located on the second floor at 705 Jesse Jewell Pkwy SE, Suite 295, Gainesville, GA 30501. To schedule an appointment, call 770-533-4700 today.