The Women’s Imaging Center is located within the Diagnostic Imaging Department at St. John’s Medical Center. Current guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend screening mammography every year for women, beginning at age 40.
St. John’s offers state of the art mammography services utilizing the Hologic Selenia Digital Mammography unit. The Selenia uses direct capture technology allowing exquisite image technology and reduces radiation dose up to 60% compared to film screen mammography. This system is accredited by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
R2 Image Checker
St John’s utilizes a computer-aided detection (CAD) system, an innovative technology that assists Radiologists in the early detection of breast cancer and other cancer-related lesions. Functioning like a spell checker on a word processing program, the R2 Image Checker is a second pair of eyes looking at each mammogram. It increases detection of masses and suspicious calcifications that may be too small to be seen by the human eye.
Softer Mammogram Provider
St. John’s is a certified “Softer Mammogram Provider”. Utilizing the MammoPad by Hologic, a softer, warmer, and more comfortable mammogram is provided. The MammoPad is radiolucent and does not require additional dose or interfere with image quality. Combining the leading edge digital mammography technology with the comfort of the MammoPad differentiates St. John’s mammography services from others.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
St. John’s offers stereotactic breast biopsy services utilizing the Hologic MultiCare Platinum breast biopsy system. This procedure is most helpful when a mammogram shows a mass, cluster of microcalcifications or an area of abnormal tissue change, but no lump can be felt on careful breast examination. This digital system offers a wide array of tools for effective targeting and image enhancement. This procedure is much less invasive than the surgical biopsy approach.
Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) is today’s established standard for measuring bone mineral density. DEXA is a quick, painless procedure for measuring bone loss and is used most often to diagnose osteoporosis. St. John’s utilizes a Hologic Discovery bone densitometry system.