Women’s Imaging

The subspecialty of Women's Imaging is a broad specialty encompassing breast health, obstetric and gynecologic health, and osteoporosis screening. Our goal is to aid in the detection of early breast cancer as well as improve outcomes for women who are faced with disease. In addition, we strive to maintain communication with the referring physician and offer assistance with discussing findings with the patient, assisting with surgical referral, as well as appropriate follow-up with the patient.

Breast care services include digital mammography, ultrasound, ductography, MRI, BSGI and interventional procedures. Digital mammography offers improved sensitivity of CAD(computer aided detection). Ultrasound is used in place of or in conjunction with other modalities to evaluate masses and perform biopsies. Ductography is an imaging procedure performed for bloody nipple discharge. Breast MRI is an advanced modality used to screen patients with an elevated risk of breast cancer and assisting in surgical planning of patients with a newly diagnosed breast cancer and other special circumstances such as augmentation complication. BSGI (Breast Specific Gamma Imaging) is a nuclear medicine test of the breasts which can also be used to detect breast cancer. The radiologists in this section perform interventional breast procedures and can provide in most cases same-day biopsy service under ultrasound, stereotactic, nuclear medicine and MRI guidance.

Obstetric ultrasound is offered for first, second, and third trimester pregnancies. Obstetric MRI is also offered in the evaluation of placental abnormalities as well as abdominal and pelvic pain in pregnant patients. These options are beneficial in the pregnant patient in order to reduce the risk of radiation exposure.

There are many modalities employed in evaluation of gynecologic issues, such as pelvic ultrasound, pelvic MRI, PET imaging, and CT scanning. Each modality individually or used in combination are helpful in evaluating patients with pelvic pain, newly diagnosed gynecologic neoplasms, as well as dysfunctional uterine bleeding and other common entities.

Dual-Energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) Scanning is offered in screening patients for osteoporosis as well as monitoring osteoporosis treatments. This can be done in conjunction with the annual screening mammogram to save time for the patient.