Women’s Imaging

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.

3D Mammography 

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%.

Mammo accreditation

Rosa's Breast Cancer Story 

Watch Rosa Veenstra's breast cancer story and the importance of annual mammograms. 

Breast Ultrasound

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. 

Bone Density

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.

Are you a woman age 40-64 in Marion, Mahaska, Monroe, or Lucas County?

If so, you may qualify for the Care for Yourself program. This program allows uninsured or under-insured women to be screened. Now is the most important time for mammograms, pap tests, cholesterol and glucose screenings.

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