Our nationally accredited Richard K. Desser, M.D., Comprehensive Breast Center offers the most complete breast care anywhere in the South Suburbs.
Our team of caring medical professionals provides private, state-of-the-art, individualized care for women with breast health issues – in one convenient
location. When needed, patients can receive the professional opinion of a surgeon, radiologist, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and a plastic
surgeon. What’s more, every patient receives the expert guidance of our specially trained breast health nurse navigator who answers questions, educates
and assists patients in every aspect of their care - from diagnosis through treatment.
Ingalls Desser Center features some of the most sophisticated equipment available for the diagnosis of breast problems. Further, the center has been
certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR), passing stringent guidelines for expertise, accuracy
and reliability. The center offers the following tools for effective breast care:
- Stereotactic Breast Biopsy. The Desser Center provides stereotactic breast biopsy and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy – outpatient, non-surgical
procedures that in some cases replace surgical biopsies for those breast lumps that require further evaluation. You only need local anesthesia; you’re
home the same day, and there is no scar.
- Digital Mammography. Ingalls now offers the area’s most sophisticated digital mammograms at several convenient locations, including the main
hospital in Harvey; the Desser Center in Tinley Park; and the Ingalls Family Care Centers in Flossmoor and Calumet City.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The Desser Center uses MRI (performed at the hospital) in very select cases, including the detection of silicone
breast implant leakage.
- PET/CT Scan. Doctors now have the capability to more precisely detect and localize tumors while offering patients faster turnaround times thanks
to a dedicated PET/CT (positron emission tomography/computed tomography) scanner at the Ingalls Family Care Center in Tinley Park.
With breast care, education is as important as regular examinations. At the Desser Center, we’ll take the time to discuss what you need to know
to maintain breast health. We also have an extensive library of books, pamphlets and computer-access videos. Depending on your needs, we may teach you
how to perform an effective breast self-examination; refer you to a support group in your area; or provide information on newly recommended treatments.
Through education, you can do a lot to help yourself and those around you receive the best care possible.