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What to expect at the O’Toole Breast Care Center

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What to expect at the O’Toole Breast Care Center

When you come to the O’Toole Breast Care Center, you have full access to the integrated cancer services at Scripps Health. Our center offers comprehensive services to help women navigate all phases of care, from screening to diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship.

Your breast exam

When you arrive, you will check in at the main registration desk. Then, your technologist will personally escort you to the exam room. You can feel confident that you are receiving the most expert care available. Our radiologists have decades of experience and can determine whether a lump is a passing concern or a serious issue.

Types of breast imaging and breast care services

Our services include:


  • 3-D digital screening and diagnostic mammography (tomosynthesis)
  • Ultrasound screening and diagnostic exams
  • Ultrasound guided core biopsy
  • Ultrasound guided cyst aspiration
  • Ultrasound needle localization
  • Hook wire/mammography needle localization
  • Stereotactic guided needle localization/stereotactic guided biopsy/core biopsy
  • Needle localization excision biopsy
  • DEXA scan bone density screening


Services available at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego:


  • MRI needle localization
  • MRI breast biopsy
  • Nuclear medicine lymphoscintigraphy (sentinel lymph node mapping)

Nurse navigators at O’Toole Breast Care Center

You are not alone on your health journey. Our patient care nurse navigator program is unique to the O’Toole Breast Care Center. Our nurse navigators provide a wide range of services for our patients:


  • Addressing questions, concerns and clinical issues regarding cancer diagnosis and treatment options.
  • Coordinating care with your oncology team.
  • Providing information you need to make informed decisions.
  • Assisting you in finding community resources and referrals.
  • Involving you in cancer support group meetings (offered in English and Spanish).
  • Teaching you how to perform a breast self-exam.
  • Advocating for you and serves as support system throughout cancer journey.