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Breast Imaging ~ Ultrasound

Bone Density Testing

The Outpatient CT department performs scanning of the head, neck, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis and extremities. CT images provide detailed images of the soft tissue organs that enable the radiologists to see tumors, cysts or other changes within the body. The spine is seen in a three dimensional image that can evaluate for ruptured discs, a common cause of back pain.

Most exams can be scheduled within 24-48 hours. In some cases, you may be required to drink only fluids a few hours before you exam.

Early detection is your best protection against breast cancer. A mammogram can detect breast cancer up to two years before it can be felt. Screening mammography is recommended on an annual basis for all women beginning at age 40 according to the guidelines set forth by the American College of Radiology, the American Cancer Society and the Society of Breast Imaging. Monthly breast self-examination is recommended and a yearly breast physical examination by your physician. If you think you may have a breast lump, or experience other breast problems, consult with your physician.

A mammogram, which takes about 30 minutes, can be scheduled by you or your physician. A screening mammogram does not require an order from your physician, however, you do need to provide us with the name of your physician so we can forward the results or the mammogram to them. We will also send you a letter of the results or your mammogram.

You should schedule you mammogram one to two weeks following your menstrual cycle.

In some instances, extra projections may be necessary to better evaluate certain areas of the breast during a diagnostic mammogram. The results of the diagnostic mammogram will be discussed with you before leaving our office and a written report will be sent to your physician.

Our breast imaging departments are staffed with certified mammographers who consistently receive the highest of praises from women for their friendliness and compassion. We understand the apprehension that most women experience having a mammogram.

We are accredited by the American College of Radiology.

An ultrasound is a painless, radiation-free examination that is frequently used to evaluate the gallbladder, liver, pancreas, kidneys, aorta, breast, uterus, ovaries, aorta and arteries of the neck and extremities. Ultrasound is the standard imaging technique to evaluate pregnancy. Ultrasound of the arteries in the neck may help evaluate your risk for stroke. The simple procedure can detect plaque or narrowing in the vessels. Breast cysts are common. These cysts can be painful and may require drainage. This can be done under ultrasound guidance by our radiologists.

Our ultrasound department is staffed by registered sonographers and is accredited by the American College of Radiology.

Osteoporosis is the leading cause of fractures in older people. It is a silent disease that can progress without symptoms until a fracture occurs. Most hip fractures are cause by osteoporosis, not the result of a fall. One out of two women is at risk of suffering an osteoporosis-related fractured during her lifetime.

While you feel fine today, osteoporosis may be weakening your bones.

A bone density test takes about 10 minutes. There is no preparation and it is not necessary to undress. You simply lay on the table and a measurement is taken of you bone density. Based on the amount of bone mass, our radiologists can determine whether you have osteoporosis and at risk of possible fracture.

Osteoporosis is treatable and steps can be taken to protect your bones.

Bone density tests are available at our office Monday through Saturday.

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