This state-of-the-art Women's Imaging Center offers comfort, privacy, and a caring environment to meet the needs of today's women. The Women's Imaging Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology and all examinations are performed according to the specific guidelines set forth by the FDA. Inside you will find a spacious waiting area, coffee and tea kitchenette for our patients to enjoy light refreshments. A separate registration area is provided to assure privacy and the examination rooms are private and sensitive to the needs of a woman.
The Women's Imaging Center provides a quick and easy access to a range of health services, including: Digital Mammography, Breast Ultrasound, Bone Densitometry and a Stereotactic Core Breast Biopsy Unit.
Early Detection Starts With You
Celebrate good health with a mammogram. The American Cancer Society recommends a baseline mammogram between ages of 35 and 40, with routine mammograms recommended annually after age 40. Based on your personal and family medical history, your physician will determine how often you should have a mammogram.
Mammograms provide an x-ray of your breast. Changes in your breast often show up in a mammogram long before you can feel them during a self exam.
The Women's Imaging Center at Augusta Health is the area's provider of Digital Mammography. With our new digital mammography system, we have greatly enhanced our ability to detect breast cancers at earlier stages.
The advanced capabilities of digital mammography offer physicians an array of new powerful viewing options. Digital mammography uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on a high resolution computer monitor, and transmitted and stored just like computer files.
Digital mammography offers a number of practical advantages and patient conveniences. One of the primary benefits is the ability of the radiologist to view and manipulate the digital images. The radiologist can adjust brightness and contrast, and zoom in on specific areas to help detect small calcifications and masses that may be signs of early cancer. Additional benefits include:
- Saves time
- Reduces need for retakes
- Images are easily stored and transferred electronically
- Better for women with dense breast tissue
A physician referral is needed to schedule an appointment. Please contact your primary care physician or insurance plan if you have any questions about your coverage.
Your test will be performed by a licensed mammographer and an on-site radiologist will examine the x-rays for abnormalities.
Your physician will receive a detailed report of the exam and you will receive a report of the findings in the mail.
A Breast Ultrasound may be ordered if suspicious areas are detected during your mammogram. Sound waves create an image of your breast and the image appears on a video monitor. An ultrasound provides much more detailed information than a mammogram.
Bone Densitometry Testing
Bone Densitometry testing is used to determine a woman's risk of osteoporosis. This safe, painless procedure uses small amounts of radiation to measure bone density. As with breast cancer, early detection is important in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.