Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton makes it convenient for women to take care of their diagnostic and imaging needs at the Women's Imaging Center.
Occupying the entry level of The Center for Women, the Women's Imaging Center provides advanced breast diagnostics. The facility features a full-field digital mammography suite, an ultrasound suite, a stereotactic breast procedure suite, and a bone densitometry suite.
Technologists and friendly personnel handle patients' imaging needs and a radiologist is on-site at the center to accommodate patients.
"The Women's Imaging Center provides comprehensive imaging services in a convenient and timely manner, and we are doing it with advanced breast diagnostics technology," says Melissa Buffington, R.T. (R), (M)ARRT, lead mammographer of Women's Imaging Services for Texas Health Denton.
Texas Health Outpatient Center Cross Roads features a full-field digital mammography suite and a bone densitometry suite.
Women's Imaging Breast Services
An Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Program Coordinator and Breast Center Nurse Navigator is on-site for in-patient and out-patient support, working closely with physician office practices to promote and coordinate individualized care.
The Breast Center Navigator role and program goals include:
- Eliminating barriers to care
- Timely delivery of services
- Enhancing quality of life
- Improving patient/family satisfaction
- Connecting individuals to screening
- Following patients post screening
- Assisting individuals through treatment as needed
- Providing patient/family support
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Stereotactic biopsy is the least-invasive breast biopsy procedure. It may allow the patient to experience less pain during the procedure and receive results more quickly.
Stereotactic biopsy is typically performed in less than an hour. A tissue sample is obtained with a probe that draws, cuts, and removes the tissue using a gentle vacuum. Alternative procedures to stereotactic biopsy may require anesthesia and stitches. This unique procedure allows a marker to be placed at the abnormal tissue to help manage follow-up care.
If an excisional biopsy is warranted, a breast localization procedure can be performed at the Center to assist the surgeon. A radiologist will determine the most appropriate procedure for patients on a case-by-case basis.
Other services include:
- Digital screening mammography
- Diagnostic mammography
- Ultrasound guided breast biopsy
- Ultrasound guided cyst aspiration
- Image guided needle localization
Medical imaging services also include:
- Nuclear medicine lymphoscintigraphy/sentinel node mapping
Screening is Critical
According to the American Cancer Society, women age 40 and older should have a mammogram annually. Women with a personal or family history of the disease may be advised by their physician to begin annual mammograms earlier. Early detection can save lives and increase treatment options.
The mammography suite at the Women's Imaging Center features equipment with the lowest dose of radiation available. A mammogram, which is an X-ray of the breast, is used to look for breast disease. Texas Health Denton is a certified softer mammogram provider, which means a softer, warmer procedure is practiced by using the MammoPad®. During the procedure, the breast is pressed between two plates to spread the tissue. Although there is some pressure for a few seconds, it is important to get a good picture of the breast tissue.
The American Cancer Society reports about one in 10 women who get a mammogram will need more pictures taken, but most of these women do not have breast cancer. Out of every 1,000 mammograms performed, only one or two result in a diagnosis of cancer.
The Women's Imaging Center also features an ultrasound suite where women can take care of ultrasound needs including breast health, pelvic health, or obstetrics. The ultrasound, which uses sound waves to produce images, is often used during breast biopsy procedures.
A bone densitometry suite is also available to provide osteoporosis screenings. Osteoporosis is a progressive disease that causes bones to become thin and brittle, making them more likely to break. Post-menopausal women are encouraged to undergo bone density tests every two to three years.