Women’s Imaging Center
St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital strives to ensure you have a comfortable, quality experience when visiting us for a diagnostic test. The Women’s Imaging Center combines high-tech diagnostics with convenience, comfort and privacy. Most of all, we strive to provide you with the most compassionate care possible for your emotional, spiritual and physical well-being.
Bone Densitometry (DEXA)
A DEXA scan, a common screening test for osteoporosis, is a simple and painless procedure performed in just a few minutes. The DEXA uses X-ray technology to take images of the hip and lower spine, common areas for bone loss in patients with osteoporosis. The digital images are then evaluated to generate a report on any potential bone loss and potential risk of bone fractures.
Early detection and modern treatments have greatly improved survival rates from breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society and the American College of Radiologists, regular mammography screening is the most effective way to detect breast cancer early, when treatment is least invasive and most likely to be successful.
St. Mary’s Health Care System offers a complete continuum of breast cancer care, including screening mammography, diagnostic mammography, ultrasound and breast MRI. Many of these services are available right here, at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital.
A SCREENING mammogram is a routine check-up for a woman with no breast problems. Most women will need this type of study. St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital uses the Hologic Genius 3D Mammography System to provide state-of-the-art screening and diagnostic imaging.
A DIAGNOSTIC mammogram is needed when a woman has a lump or other breast symptom or if a doctor recommends it to follow up a specific area. This type of exam needs to be performed under the specific direction of a radiologist. Additional views or ultrasound may be needed to fully evaluate the area in question.
To schedule your mammogram, call 706.453.5005. Or conveniently schedule online:
Ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of the body. A transducer and gel are used to send sound waves into the body. These bounce off of different structures in different ways. When they bounce back to the transducer, they are sent to a computer to produce images. Ultrasound uses no radiation and is painless.
Ultrasound is used in the breast to evaluate certain types of abnormalities that are felt on physical exam or seen on a mammogram. It is a useful adjunct to mammography, helping to determine if a lump or mass is an innocent fluid-filled cyst or a solid abnormality which may require further investigation. However, it cannot be used as a replacement for a mammogram since calcifications (often the earliest sign of a breast cancer), do not usually show up well on ultrasound.
To schedule your visit to the Women’s Imaging Center, call 706.453.5005.