An Imaging Center Designed For The Unique Needs Of Women.
Women's Imaging at Radiology Associates is unlike any other medical imaging center in Corpus Christi, and you'll know it the minute you walk through the door. The first thing you'll notice are all the special "touches" we've added. Like a personal concierge to ensure you are informed and comfortable, private changing rooms, and cotton robes instead of flimsy hospital gowns. Your test will be performed on the latest generation of digital imaging equipment. This means less discomfort. Less difficulty positioning your body for optimum results. Fewer re-takes. Exceptional image clarity and resolution. Then, professional test interpretation by a team of radiologists specialized in the field of women's imaging. Timely results reporting. And the ability to perform additional testing - on the spot - if needed. Why do we go through so much trouble to ensure your experience here is as pleasant and comfortable as possible? Because we know that you have a choice when it comes to where to have your medical imaging performed, and we want to be your imaging center of choice for the tests you need at all of life's stages.
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3D mammography is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection that can be done in conjunction with a traditional 2D digital mammogram. During the 3D part of the exam, the x-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over your breast, taking multiple breast images. Then, a computer produces a 3D image of your breast tissue in one-millimeter slices, providing greater visibility for the radiologist to see breast detail. They can scroll through images of the entire breast like pages of a book. These images make it possible for a radiologist to gain a better understanding of your breast tissue and the confidence to reduce the need for follow-up imaging. By looking at the tissue in one-millimeter slices, the radiologist can provide a more confident assessment because now they can see breast tissue more clearly. With 3D mammography radiologists are able to find cancers earlier, with a 27% increase in cancer detection and a 40% increase in invasive cancer detection. Furthermore, 3D mammography significantly reduces callbacks by 20-40%.
A mammogram uses low-dose X-rays to generate images of the compressed breast. It is the most widely used and most trusted tool in the diagnosis of breast cancer. At Radiology Associates, state-of-the-art digital mammography systems are used at each of our centers, including computer-aided detection system in use for all screening mammograms. The benefits of digital mammography are numerous, and include faster exam times, lower radiation and less patient discomfort. Digital mammography allows for higher resolution images and the ability to look at anatomy from multiple angles. If needed, non-surgical breast biopsy services, including ultrasound-guided and stereotactic biopsies, are available at our center.
DXA Bone Densitometry
DXA (Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry) is a quick, safe and painless X-ray based test to determine if you have osteoporosis or low bone mass. By measuring bone strength, we can help predict fracture risk so that effective preventive therapy can be started with your doctor. The most common examination sites are the fracture prone hip and spine. Bone Mineral Density (BMD) is calculated and compared to normal BMD values, matched for age and sex. Click here for more information.
Ultrasound (also known as sonography) uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body. The process is fast, painless and completely free of radiation or harmful side effects; that is why it is so often used for prenatal imaging. Prenatal ultrasound is used to help your doctor evaluate your baby's growth and determine how your pregnancy is progressing. Ultrasound is also used for certain types of disease detection. For example, transvaginal ultrasound is a test to evaluate for such instances as suspected cancer or abnormal growths in the female reproductive systems including, but not limited to, the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, to name a few.
Breast MRI is a highly sensitive test for detecting cancers not found in traditional mammography, including small breast lesions. It is also useful for determining the extent of cancer if there is more than one lesion. The three-dimensional image reconstruction allows radiologists to look at suspicious areas from multiple angles. MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses a computer, magnetic fields and radio waves to generate images of the inside of the body. A special coil is worn around the chest to ensure the most accurate and detailed images are obtained. Unlike mammography, breast MRI is exclusively physician-referred, which means that your doctor must determine the appropriateness of this test for you. New guidelines suggest that breast MRI be used for certain women with an especially high risk of developing breast cancer.