Norville Breast Care Center
At the Norville Breast Care Center, we’ve created a warm, supportive environment where women have convenient access to advanced technology for breast cancer screening. Fifteen specially trained staff members, including nurses, technologists and others, take the time to answer your questions, calm fears, explain tests and procedures, and make sure you receive prompt follow-up testing and care when needed.
A radiologist is on site at all times to provide consultation on the need for more images, perform biopsies and ensure images are read quickly and the results are communicated to you and your doctor.
Our center, located on the campus of Alamance Regional Medical Center, features convenient, designated parking and a private entrance. The patient-friendly design also includes individual dressing and waiting areas for mammography.
Alamance Regional was one of the first hospitals in the area to implement digital mammograms. This technology allows physicians to focus on or magnify areas of concern, enhancing readability and interpretation of the image.
Our mammography technologists are certified in radiology (ARRT) and have obtained additional certification in mammography. Our mammography services are fully accredited by the American College of Radiology and the Food and Drug Administration.
For your convenience, digital mammograms are also offered at the state-of-the-art Outpatient Center at MedCenter Mebane, which also includes individual dressing and waiting areas.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce an image of the breast. It is most frequently used to determine whether a lump in the breast is fluid-filled or solid. Ultrasound is also helpful in examining younger women with very dense breasts, where it can complement the findings of mammography.
Certified breast health educators, who are also certified oncology nurses, are available to answer your questions about mammogram reports, breast-self exam, biopsies and other concerns. These nurses also serve as navigators, helping ensure that follow-up tests are performed quickly and offering patients support and guidance throughout breast cancer testing and treatment.
Breast Cancer Support Group
A breast cancer support group meets the first Tuesday of each month from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Norville Breast Care Center. This group includes newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, those currently undergoing treatment and long-term survivors. For more information, call (336) 538-7577.
Healing Touch Therapy
Patients who have an abnormal mammogram or need additional breast cancer screening are able to receive healing touch therapy. Healing touch helps reduce stress and anxiety, promote relaxation and restore a sense of well-being. Certified healing touch practitioners use light touch to influence the body’s energy system. Our certified healing touch practitioners offer care in the Pastoral Care and Counseling Department at the Grand Oaks Center on the Alamance Regional Campus.
Our resource center allows patients to learn about breast self-examination, breast health, and women’s health issues.
Additional services for women:
- Genetic Risk Assessment: Patients who have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer may choose to receive genetic risk assessment. The assessment includes an initial meeting with a nurse trained in genetic risk assessment and an oncologist to discuss genetic testing, the option to complete testing for gene mutations, and a follow-up appointment with the oncologist to discuss test results and options for cancer prevention and screening.
- Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP): Women who are uninsured or underinsured may be eligible to receive a free mammogram and pap smear through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP). For more information about eligibility for this program, call (336) 538-7599. Learn how you can help.
- Bone Density Screening: Bone densitometry (DEXA) is a test used to detect osteoporosis. A low-dose X-ray checks for signs of mineral loss and bone thinning. Usually the spine, hip and forearm are X-rayed, and scan results are reviewed by a physician.