Private practice interdisciplinary breast centers: their rationale and impact on patients, physicians, and the health care industry: a bicoastal perspective

Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2000 Apr;9(2):177-98.


This article reports on the experience of two private practice breast centers in New York and California. It demonstrates that comprehensive breast centers directed by full-time breast imagers have a significant impact on medical care from the perspective of the patient, her physicians, and the health care system. These two centers, separated by a continent, disparate in their formation and founding philosophies, yield very similar results in breast cancer diagnosis, reduction of the benign biopsies, and improving the cost of breast biopsies.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Biopsy / methods
  • Breast Neoplasms* / diagnosis
  • Breast Neoplasms* / history
  • Breast Neoplasms* / therapy
  • California
  • Cancer Care Facilities / history
  • Cancer Care Facilities / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Mammography
  • New York
  • Patient Care Team
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Women's Health Services / history
  • Women's Health Services / organization & administration*