Charleston Breast Center
The Charleston Breast Center, a division of East Cooper Medical Center, formerly located at 1930 Charlie Hall Blvd in West Ashley has relocated and is now housed within East Cooper Medical Center’s certified breast center in Mount Pleasant. This will allow for our patients to receive excellent breast health services under one roof. The Charleston Breast Center offers diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound, MRI, biopsy procedures, digital screening and bone density exams.
Is it time for your mammogram? Early detection saves lives.
Call (843) 416-6067 today for more information or to set up an appointment.
At the Charleston Breast Center, we provide a comprehensive breast care service with highly trained specialists in one location with a comfortable and relaxing surrounding.
At our facility, we offer women and their families the expertise, information and support needed to make informed choices about breast care.
One Convenient Location
The Charleston Breast Center offers a full range of care, covering both the physical and emotional needs of our patients. We utilize advanced technology in breast cancer screenings to include breast imaging and diagnostic evaluation in order to provide the best and most comprehensive care possible.
Campus of East Cooper Medical Center
2000 Hospital Drive, Mount Pleasant
- Breast-optimized MRIs
- Breast ultrasound
- Breast biopsy procedures
- Digital screening and diagnostic mammograms
- Bone density testing (DEXA)
The Charleston Breast Center offers free parking and easy accessibility to facility entrances.
The American Cancer Society (ACS), American College of Radiology (ACR), and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) recommend yearly mammograms for women aged 40 and above. They should continue for as long as a woman is in good health. Clinical Breast Exams (CBE) are recommended about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and above. Breast Self-Exams (BSE) are options for women starting in their 20s. Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast changes promptly to their health care provider.
Appointments and Coverage
Call (843) 416-6067 for a breast screening and/or diagnostic evaluation appointment. The Charleston Breast Center offers early morning appointments and same-day appointments
To receive a mammogram at the Charleston Breast Center, a woman must have an order from her physician. The order form can be faxed from the physician’s office or can be handed in by the patient at the time of the appointment. Screening mammogram orders expire after one year and diagnostic mammogram orders expire after six months. If you are experiencing any problems (breast pain, thickening, nipple discharge, nodules) please contact your referring doctor prior to scheduling. Please be aware that there are many different types of insurance plans. Patients are responsible for verifying breast health coverage and any deductibles or co-pays.
What do I need to bring to the appointment?
Please bring the following: photo ID, insurance cards, physician order, prior mammogram images and patient information forms. Patient information forms can be downloaded from this website for you to complete in advance. Or patients may arrive 20 minutes early to complete the forms in the office before your appointment.
DOWNLOAD PATIENT FORMS HERE
What If I Need To Request Images? Image request forms can be downloaded from the link below. Forms may be faxed or mailed back and the requests will be processed within 48 hours. Images may also be picked-up at the office if arranged by phone in advance.
Download Image Request Form
Most insurance companies offer yearly screening mammograms for women over age 40. For diagnostic mammography or other breast imaging tests, patients may be subject to a co-pay and/or deductible. Patients are responsible for verifying breast health coverage and any deductibles or co-pays. A financial counselor is also available at the Charleston Breast Center to answer any questions.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is a Mammogram?
Mammography saves lives. Mammograms are the key to early detection of breast cancer. It is used to detect and evaluate breast changes. Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. Mammograms make it possible to detect tumors that cannot be felt. It can also detect microcalcifications (tiny deposits of calcium in the breast) that sometimes indicate the presence of breast cancer. Current research shows that mammography has helped reduce breast cancer mortality in the US by nearly 1/3 since 1990. Yearly screening mammograms are important for ALL women above the age of 40 because 75% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of breast cancer. The Charleston Breast Center utilizes digital mammography. Research has shown that this type of mammography is more sensitive in detecting breast cancer in a dense (non-fatty) breast. The Charleston Breast Center also utilizes computer aided detection (CAD), which is computer software that searches for abnormal areas of density, mass, or calcifications on the images which may indicate the presence of cancer. The CAD system highlights these areas on the images, alerting the radiologist to potential areas of concern that may need further evaluation.
A screening mammogram is an x-ray exam of the breast on a woman who has no signs or symptoms of a problem. The goal of a screening mammogram is to find cancer when it is still too small to be felt by a woman or her doctor (early detection). Finding small breast cancers early by a screening mammogram greatly improves a woman’s chance for successful treatment. A screening mammogram usually takes two x-ray pictures (views) of each breast. Some patients may need more pictures to get as much breast tissue as possible.
In women experiencing symptoms or problems such as a lump, pain or nipple discharge, a diagnostic mammogram is necessary. Diagnostic mammograms are also ordered when a suspicious change is detected on a patient’s screening mammogram. Some diagnostic mammogram results will be questioned by the radiologist and more tests may be ordered. Extra tests could include breast ultrasounds, ultrasound biopsies, stereotactic biopsies or a breast MRI. All of these tests are available at the Charleston Breast Center.
Daniel F. Alderman, M.D. graduated from The University of Missouri School of Medicine in Kansas City. He then completed a Residency in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at The Medical University of South Carolina where he served as the Chief Resident. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Radiology and has achieved a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Interventional Radiology. Dr. Alderman has 19 years of private practice experience including the interpretation of digital mammography, tomosynthesis, breast ultrasound, and breast MRI. He performs ultrasound, stereotactic, and MRI guided breast biopsy. Dr. Alderman has recently returned to South Carolina and is offering his Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology services at the Charleston Breast Center.
Dr. Alderman enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and 4 children.