The Florida Breast Institute in Largo, Florida
At Largo Medical Center, we are committed to providing the Greater Tampa community with excellent breast care.
From mammograms to reconstructive surgery, we offer personalized and comprehensive breast health services in a spa-like atmosphere at the Florida Breast Institute.
To schedule your annual mammogram today at the Florida Breast Institute at Largo Medical Center, call (800) 617-7089.
The Florida Breast Institute at Largo Medical Center
Step through the gold door entrance of The Florida Breast Institute and experience a new standard in guest service. Every amenity is designed to comfort the spirit and pamper the body to provide a positive, relaxing experience in a private, serene environment.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Florida Breast Institute ensures that a patient will have access to:
- Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services
- A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
- Quality breast care close to home
At the Florida Breast Institute, we offer:
- A concierge, who will tend to your every need
- A care coordinator, who coordinates with you and your physician(s) for a seamless transition through necessary breast services
- Elegant décor, subdued lighting, relaxing water wall
- Spa robes
- Tea service
- Acquisition of previous mammogram films
- Comprehensive clinical assessment and support
- Scheduling for appointments and consultations
- Ongoing education and disease information
- Assistance with identifying support resources
Our women's imaging services
At our breast health center, patients have access to our full range of nationally accredited diagnostic imaging services. Largo Medical Center is recognized as accredited facility for various imaging modalities, including mammography, by the American College of Radiology for our commitment to excellence.
The Florida Breast Institute provides digital mammograms to aid in the early detection of breast cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, yearly mammograms are recommended for women 40 years and older.
Benefits of digital mammography include:
- High-quality images can be enhanced for further evaluation, making it easier to differentiate cancerous tissue from healthy tissue
- Images can be magnified to better visualize calcifications
- Ideal in detecting breast abnormalities in women 50 years old or younger or women with dense breast tissue, who are often at higher risk for breast cancer
- Uses 60 percent less radiation exposure to the woman than film images
- Faster process, which means shorter visits
- Can be stored permanently, with the ability to print on film
A biopsy is a minimally invasive procedure to remove a sample of abnormal tissue to detect abnormalities or cancer. We perform two types of biopsies at the Florida Breast Institute:
- Stereotactic biopsy
- Ultrasound core biopsy
If diagnostic imaging shows a need for biopsy, we will assist you in making an appointment with one of our breast care surgical specialists. These surgeons have committed to seeing patients of the Florida Breast Institute within 48 hours of receiving an appointment request.
This diagnostic procedure examines a specific area identified from a mammogram or a lump discovered by the patient. This exam can determine the difference between a cystic or solid mass. Breast ultrasounds are used in conjunction with a mammogram. Due to their limited scope, a breast ultrasound cannot be used as a replacement for a mammogram.
Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
An MRI procedure uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to produce 2D and 3D pictures of the inside of the body. Breast MRI supplements mammography to detect breast cancer and other abnormalities of the breast. It can also detect lesions, which may be missed by mammography.
Bone density screening
Osteoporosis is a disease which depletes the minerals from bones, making them brittle, weak and easy to break. Subtle changes in bone mineral density can be easily detected with bone densitometry, or, a bone density, scan. Low dose X-rays are used to produce a computerized scan. The scan is quick, easy and painless.
After breast cancer treatment, women can have develop a higher risk of osteoporosis and bone fracture. This is because breast cancer treatment can cause lower levels of estrogen, which helps protect bones. Additionally, as a woman ages, her estrogen production slows causing bones to become brittle.
Breast cancer survivors support group
Our breast cancer survivors support group, called "Laughter, Life and Lovely Ladies" meets monthly at Largo Medical Center. Talk includes experience with the disease and treatment, family and friends and more. The monthly meetings are every fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Florida Breast Institute. Call (727) 588-5291 to join.