Mammography, Bone Density Scans
The Women's Imaging Center at Northwest Texas Healthcare System provides breast screenings, bone density scans and educational and support resources.
Our goal is early detection and diagnosis of health problems. The earlier breast disease or other problems are detected, the better the chances of a successful treatment outcome. Services provided include:
- Digital mammography with the most up-to-date, FDA-approved detector on the market
- Breast ultrasound – performed by certified/registered/licensed staff
- MRI breast imaging and biopsy
- Bone-density screening
- Breast ultrasound
- Educational tools, including breast self-exam instruction
A mammogram is a digital x-ray examination of the breasts, used to detect and diagnose breast diseases in women who have yet to show symptoms. It's a safe procedure that uses low doses of radiation to produce high-quality images that are carefully reviewed by radiologists.
According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 40,000 women die from breast cancer each year; only lung cancer causes more cancer deaths in women. In the hope of lowering breast cancer deaths, the American Cancer Society recommends that all women have a baseline screening mammogram between the age of 35 and 40, and that, beginning at age 40, women have an annual screening mammogram. Women with additional risk factors should discuss an appropriate screening process with their physicians. Risk factors for breast cancer include:
- Family or personal history of breast cancer
- Early menstrual onset
- Late-onset menopause
- Use of oral contraceptives
- Use of hormone replacement therapy
- Alcohol use (two or more drinks a day)
Digital Screening Tools
The Women's Imaging Center at Northwest Texas Healthcare uses advanced instruments for detecting and diagnosing health problems, including: The Selenia™ digital mammography system. Digital mammography allows the radiologist to view the x-ray image more closely than traditional films and takes less than half the time of traditional film-based exams, creating viewable images in seconds. The DEXA scanning system is a highly accurate means of measuring bone mineral density. This is a reliable way of diagnosing osteoporosis or determining whether you are at risk for the disease.
To find a doctor affiliated with our Women's Imaging Center, contact our free Direct Doctors Plus referral service at 800-887-1114.