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Piper Breast Center® at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute -
Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Piper Building
913 East 26th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404

The Piper Building is located at the intersection of 26th Street and 10 Avenue.

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Piper Breast Center®

A program of:

The Piper Breast Center® offers women and their families the expertise, information and support they need to make informed choices about breast care -- all in a comfortable and private setting.

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Your breast care team

Josephine Chung serenely stands at her kitchen counter.

Mammograms in your 40s?
Our experts say yes.
And so does Josephine.

Although the value of screening mammograms for women in their 40s has been debated, there is no doubt that mammograms save lives. Just ask Josephine Chung.

At Piper Breast Center®, your care team includes doctors and health care professionals who specialize in diagnosing and caring for women with breast cancer.

Breast radiologists and surgeons

Radiation oncologists

The Piper Breast Center® care team also includes certified mammography technologists, registered nurses, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, genetic counselors, cancer rehabilitation physicians, physical therapists, plastic/reconstructive surgeons, healing coaches.

Screening and diagnostic tests

Three-dimensional (3-D) mammography now available

Three-dimensional (3-D) mammography (also known as breast tomosynthesis) creates 3-D images of your breast using low-dose digital X-rays.

Understanding the signs, symptoms and risk factors for breast cancer is important to overall breast health awareness.

Routine mammography, clinical breast examination and breast self-examination are the basic screening tools for early detection of breast cancer.

arrow points to link to more information about low-cost breast cancer screening We offer low-cost and free mammography.

Piper Breast Center®'s advanced screening and diagnostic services can also detect and evaluate breast conditions such as a new lump, cysts, microcalcifications, fibrocystic breast changes, mastitis, concerns about breast implants and cancer.

These services include:
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Fibrocystic breast changes

Fibrocystic breast disease refers to benign (noncancerous) changes in the tissues of the breast. The term "disease" in this case is misleading, and many health care providers prefer the term "change."

Learn more about fibrocystic breast changes in our health library.

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Also known as a breast infection which is an infection in the tissue of the breast.

Learn more about mastitis in our health library.

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A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breasts. It is used to find tumors and to help tell the difference between noncancerous (benign) and cancerous (malignant) disease.

Learn more about mammography in our health library.

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Ultrasound (sonography)

Breast ultrasound is the use of ultrasonic sound waves (sounds that cannot be heard by humans) to produce an image of breast tissue.

Learn more about breast ultrasound in our health library.

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Breast biopsies

A breast biopsy is the removal of breast tissue to examine it for signs of breast cancer or other disorders.

Learn more about breast biopsy in our health library.

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MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive way to take pictures of the body.

Learn more about MRI in our health library.

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Bone mineral density analysis

A bone mineral density (BMD) test can help your health care provider confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis.

Learn more about bone mineral density tests in our health library.

Treatment options

If you have a diagnosis of breast cancer or another problem that requires treatment, an individualized plan will be developed between you and your physician. After a detailed evaluation of your medical concern and a discussion of your personal issues and preferences, the team at Piper Breast Center® will recommend treatment options.

Patients seeking treatment at the Piper Breast Center® also have access to cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema services, genetic counseling, clinical research studies and complementary therapies.

Breast health clinic

Women and men alike may be seen for consultations with physician specialists at the Piper Breast Center®'s Breast Health Clinic. They will work closely with you to address all of your breast health concerns.

Breast health concerns include:

To make an appointment, please call 612-863-3150.


As part of the services offered at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute®, the Piper Breast Center® staff can connect you with these materials and services:

National recognition

Piper Breast Center® is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). For more about this designation, go to

Piper Breast Center® is the first in Minnesota to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.