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Meet Dr. Carol Anne Luttrell
Friday, October 21, 2011 10:50 AM

Carol Anne Luttrell, M.D.Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science – Medical Terminology, University of Virginia
Doctor of Medicine: Medical College of Virginia
Residency: Radiology, Tulane University Medical Center
Specialty: Breast Imaging; Board Certified, American Board of Radiology

Dr. Carol Anne Luttrell started at East Jefferson General Hospital in May of 2000, and was one of the founding partners of Radiology and Interventional Associates of Metairie. Dr. Luttrell has been the Director of EJGH Breast Care Center since its establishment in June of 2002.

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Setting High Standards for Breast Care
Friday, October 21, 2011 10:11 AM

Mary Elizabeth Lobrano, M.D. and Carol Anne Luttrell, M.D.Since opening its doors in 2002, the EJGH Breast Care Center has built a reputation for excellent, personalized service, state of-the-art technology and physician expertise. Offering mammography, ultrasound, breast MRI (in the nearby Yenni pavillion) and image-guided breast procedures, the center is a comprehensive, full-service facility.

The center was one of the first adopters of digital mammography in the region, installing their first unit in 2002. "We believed in the potential of digital mammography, even before the results of the large-scale clinical trials were published," states Breast Care Center director Dr. Carol Anne Luttrell. Today, many advantages of digital mammography are evident, including higher cancer detection rates in younger and pre/perimenopausal patients as well as women with dense breasts. The technology lowers patient radiation exposure, decreases the time required for performance of procedures, allows online image storage preventing film loss/damage and enables physicians to review the images online. The center's commitment to providing the best technology for breast imaging continues in ultrasound; recently purchased ultrasound equipment includes an elastography module.

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Screening vs. Diagnostic Mammograms
Friday, October 21, 2011 10:03 AM

Uncertain whether your patient needs a screening or diagnostic mammogram? The EJGH Breast Care Center radiologists offer the following information to help you decide which is appropriate:

  • A screening mammogram is intended for asymptomatic women; it includes a minimum of 2 views of each breast (craniocaudal and mediolateral oblique). A report is generated within one working day of the exam, or as soon as prior outside films are obtained for comparison. If additional work-up of the findings on this exam is needed, the patient and doctor's office are contacted by phone, to arrange additional imaging.
  • A diagnostic mammogram includes a minimum of 3 views of one or both breasts (the screening views as well as a mediolateral view); the images are reviewed by a radiologist at the time of the exam and additional spot compression, magnification, rolled or tangential views may be obtained if necessary. An ultrasound is typically performed in conjunction with a diagnostic mammogram for work-up of a palpable abnormality or a mass on mammography. Results are discussed with the patient at the time of exam. Diagnostic mammograms are recommended for symptomatic patients (with a lump, thickening, nipple discharge, etc), for work-up of an abnormal screening mammogram, and for women with a personal history of breast cancer, breast surgery or other risk factors for breast carcinoma.
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Meet Dawn Hymel, EJGH Breast Care Center Supervisor
Friday, October 21, 2011 10:02 AM

Dawn Hymel, RT brings 31 years of radiology experience to her position as supervisor of the EJGH Breast Care Center. After graduating from the Hotel Dieu School of Radiology in 1980, she spent 27 years at St. Claude General Hospital where she worked her way from x-ray tech to Director of Radiology. Dawn joined the East Jefferson team after Hurricane Katrina, and became the Breast Care Center supervisor in 2007. Last year, she was appointed the supervisor of the ultrasound section of the Radiology Department as well. Dawn and her husband of 27 years live on the Northshore, and have 4 children.

Dawn is available at (504) 456-8105 or by beeper at (504) 560-8620.

 
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