The Women’s Imaging Center, made possible by a donation from Pella Corporation, is designed to provide a calming, tranquil environment for women to have their mammograms and other diagnostic imaging services.
Women’s imaging services include digital and 3D mammography (tomosynthesis), breast ultrasound and bone density evaluation for osteoporosis. The testing is located adjacent to the waiting area.
Mammography is a proven low-risk, low-dose x-ray used to identify breast cancer early. Mammograms, along with self and clinical breast exams, are powerful tools in early detection of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms after age 40.
Breast tomosynthesis (3D Mammography) uses a lower dose of radiation than previously needed to produce a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue allowing radiologists to more easily identify abnormalities.
Several large clinical studies have shown that a 3D mammogram is a more accurate exam, finding serious cancers 40% earlier. And, it dramatically reduces the chance that a patient will be called back for additional imaging by up to 40%.
Pella Regional Health Center now offers mammograms with the SmartCurve™ breast stabilization system that provides greater comfort than mammograms with standard compression technology. The curved design of the compression device mirrors the shape of a woman’s breast to reduce pinching and applies uniform compression over the entire breast for added comfort.
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Stereotactic biopsy procedures are performed in the Women’s Imaging Center at Pella Regional. Stereotactic biopsy allows the removal of small samples of breast tissue for pathologic evaluation without the need for anesthesia or open surgery.
Along with mammography, breast ultrasounds are also performed within the Women’s Imaging Center. An ultrasound is a safe and painless diagnostic procedure. The digitally recorded images allow physicians to make a diagnosis rapidly and with confidence.
There are two types of bone density testing. One type utilizes a DEXA scanner, the other type utilizes CT. Both tests provide high resolution imaging to identify and monitor bone mineral density. A doctor will refer the patient to the best option for them.
Osteoporosis affects nearly 28 million Americans and causes 1.5 million bone fractures each year. Early detection of osteoporosis is vital, as early treatment can greatly improve the quality of life for people. With the proper combination of diet, exercise and (if necessary) medication, the effects of bone loss can be halted, and for some, reversed.