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Women's Hospital Imaging Department

3D MammographyWelcome to the Imaging department at Women's Hospital. Our exceptional people are committed to providing world-class care in a warm and comfortable environment close to home.

We offer a wide range of services to our patients, including diagnostic radiology, Computed Tomography (CT), bone density testing, mammography and ultrasound. We are located on the first floor adjacent to the outpatient registration waiting area.

Digital & 3D Mammography

What is full-field Digital Mammography?

Images are captured with computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor, and transmitted and stored just like computer files. From a patient’s point of view, having a digital mammogram is very much like having a conventional mammogram. Both processes use compression and X-rays to create clear images of the inside of the breast.

A digital image is viewed on a higher resolution monitor so it can be manipulated. This allows our radiologists to evaluate abnormalities more closely and often eliminates the need for a patient to have to come back for another screening. The system transfers the images to a computer so they can be electronically enhanced for easier readability and interpretation of the image. We can zoom in, magnify and optimize different parts of the breast tissue using just four standard pictures.

Why is 3D Digital Mammography better?

Breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, uses high-powered computing technology to convert digital breast images to “slices.” This allows your doctor to examine breast tissue layer by layer. The improved 3D view of breast tissue helps your doctor see overlapping breast tissue, which may appear as abnormal in a traditional 2D digital mammogram image. Seeing through the layers of breast tissue is especially helpful in the assessment of dense breast tissue.

How effective are 3D Digital Mammograms?

Breast tomosynthesis technology improves the detection of invasive cancers by as much as 40 percent and has a significantly higher cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone. Using 3D mammography as a screening tool in conjunction with 2D mammography has proven to reduce false positives by as much as 15 percent.

What are the benefits of Digital Mammography?

Unlike other parts of the body, the breast is composed mainly of soft tissue. When breast tissue is X-rayed, it creates an image that looks something like a smoky haze, making it difficult to see tiny “spots,” called microcalcifications, and other subtle signs of early cancer. With digital mammography, the radiologist reviews electronic images of the breast, using special high-resolution monitors. The physician can adjust the brightness, change contrast, and zoom in for close ups of specific areas of interest. Being able to manipulate images is one of the main benefits of digital technology.

What is CAD?

Computer-Aided Diagnosis (CAD) provides a second, electronic reading of the mammography study and can further improve cancer detection. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained radiologists read the images first. Then the CAD software reads the mammogram. It’s like having two sets of eyes.

Bone Densitometry

Women's Hospital has a new, state-of-the-art densitometer, which identifies bone loss at a much earlier stage. The test is completely painless and provides a personalized risk score in just a few minutes.

Today, 25 million Americans have osteoporosis. While post-menopausal women are the largest group at high risk for osteoporosis, there are other risk factors for osteoporosis, including:

  • Small, thin frame.
  • Female.
  • Asian ancestry.
  • Never taken estrogen.
  • Early menopause.
  • Family history of osteoporosis.
  • Avoidance of dairy foods.
  • Low vitamin D intake.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Excessive alcohol intake.
  • Smoker.
  • Excessive caffeine intake.

Would you like to know if you are at risk? If so, obtain a referral from your physician. Then, call the Women's Hospital Radiology Department at (336) 832-6515 for more information or to make an appointment for a bone density measurement.

Ultrasound

Our ultrasound services include abdominal and neonatal imaging and screenings for high-risk obstetrical and gynecological patients.

Our highly skilled, registered diagnostic medical sonographers specialize in women's imaging and use the latest 3D/4D ultrasound equipment.

Our department is accredited by the American College of Radiology.                                                

We are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For appointments, call (336) 832-6515 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Diagnostic Radiology

Our Diagnostic Radiology department offers prompt service with little or no waiting. And, we offer flexible scheduling to meet the needs of our patients.

Our department is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Procedures are performed by registered radiologic technologists.

For appointments, call (336) 832-6515, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CT (Computed Tomography)

Our CT department is staffed by registered technologists with specialized CT credentialing. Our staff is experienced in delivering services that include chest, abdominal, pelvic, head, neck and spine imaging. Our department is accredited by the American College of Radiology.

We offer flexible scheduling and often have appointments available the same day.

For appointments, call (336) 832-6515, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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For more information on Women's Hospital imaging services, call us at (336) 832-6515.