3D Mammography with Tomosynthesis & Contrast-Enhanced Mammography
Doctors Memorial offers the latest breast cancer detection technology with tomosynthesis and contrast-enhanced mammography.
Tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D mammography, provides a better look at the breast than traditional testing. Tomosynthesis takes a series of images while rotating around the breast, giving doctors the ability to examine the area in “slices.”
Traditionally, providers have used 2-D images to look for breast cancer. This can cause problems when cancers are hidden by overlapping normal tissue. Tomosynthesis eliminates this issue by displaying the breast in slices and allowing providers to see any abnormalities.
Traditional 2-D screening mammography also has well-known limitations that require some women to come back for extra testing to rule out cancer. Tomosynthesis reduces the number of women who are called back for what ultimately turns out to be non-cancerous findings.
Doctors Memorial is now the first rural hospital in the panhandle of Florida to offer contrast-enhanced mammography. This procedure uses a contrast injection similar to MRI to detect cancer.
Contrast-enhanced mammography is especially beneficial to women who have dense breast tissue and those with a family or personal history of breast cancer. Next to MRI, contrast-enhanced mammography is the most sensitive test available for detection of breast cancer because it lights-up tumors.
Contrast-enhanced mammography is test that has many of the advantages of breast MRI, including high sensitivity for cancer and a lower rate of false-positive results, compared with mammograms and breast ultrasound. It is also less expensive than standard breast MRI and takes less time.
Procedures such as diagnostic and screening mammography, breast ultrasound, and breast biopsy are used to diagnose diseases of the breast.
Bone Densitometry is an exam used by physicians to diagnose bone condition by measuring bone loss in the spine and hips.
Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body.
X-ray, or radiography, is a non-invasive exam that involves a low dose of radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-ray is an extremely safe diagnostic test.
Computed Tomography (CT)
A “CT Scan” or “CAT Scan” is a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions by using advanced x-ray technology to take pictures of the body.
CT scans have increased the speed with which vital information can be obtained about a patient’s condition, as well as providing the ability to share this data with remote specialists.
Ultrasound, also known as sonography, is a simple, safe, and painless diagnostic procedure that bounces high-frequency sound waves off parts of the body and captures that returning “echoes” as images. There is no injection or radiation exposure associated with ultrasound.
Most people associate ultrasound with scans on pregnant women, however ultrasound is used for scanning almost any part of the body.
Doctors Memorial Hospital Radiology offers many different types of ultrasound exams including abdomen, breast, carotids, echo, vascular, pelvis, thyroid, renal, scrotum, and obstetric. Ultrasound is able to capture moving images of pelvic and abdominal structures. When enhanced with a special technique called Doppler, ultrasound can also capture blood flow in the vessels and document moving images of the heart using echocardiography.
Pain Management Procedures:
Radiologist performed procedures allow precise placement of steroids and other medications necessary to improve patient comfort. Some of the procedures performed in the department include:
- Lumbar facet joint injections
- Shoulder injections
- Knee injections
Director – Emily Miller
Radiology staff members are available onsite at all times.
Outpatient procedures are scheduled between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.