Women's Health & Imaging Center
Visit the Women’s Health & Imaging Center at Twin Cities Hospital and discover advanced technology and an unparalleled attention to healthcare! By providing a wide range of women’s health services, Twin Cities Hospital will work with you and your physician to ensure you reach the healthiest lifestyle possible.
Our staff consists of registered technologists who are specially trained and certified in performing mammography and will conduct the procedure safely and efficiently. The interpreting physicians are Radiologists who are certified by the American Board of Radiology. They will review your study and compare it to any previous mammograms available.
Twin Cities Hospital believes the health of our community involves more than medicine. That is why the Women’s Health & Imaging Center was created. The Center offers state-of-the-art equipment to provide mammograms and bone density testing.
- Bone Densitometry
- Convenient Appointments
- Digital Mammography providing:
- Better visualization of dense breast tissue & calcification
- Comfortable exam pads
- Lower radiation dose
- Shorter exam time
- Educational materials
- Private mammography
- State-of-the-art equipment
- Warm and comfortable rooms
Together with our dedicated team of physicians and nurses, we invite you to visit the Women’s Health & Imaging Center of Twin Cities Hospital, located at 552 Twin Cities Boulevard, Suite B in Niceville. Please call the Twin Cities Hospital scheduling office to make your appointment: 850.729.9439.
Twin Cities Hospital recently acquired one of the most advanced digital mammography systems in our community. The Senographe DS from GE Healthcare helps us quickly detect and diagnose breast cancer. If you are 20 to 39 years old and have a family member with breast cancer, you could be at an increased risk for the disease and should get a mammogram before the recommended age of 40. Our Senographe DS provides an exam that is faster and easier for patients than previous systems.
What is Digital Mammography?
Digital Mammography is a mammography system in which the x-ray film is replaced by solid-state detectors that convert x-rays into electrical signals. These detectors are similar to those found in digital cameras. The electrical signals are used to produce images of the breast that can be seen on a computer screen or printed on special film similar to conventional mammograms. From the patient’s point of view, having a digital mammogram is essentially the same as having a conventional film screen mammogram. Computer-aided detection systems use a digitized mammographic image that can be obtained from either a conventional film mammogram or a digitally acquired mammogram. The computer software then searches for abnormal areas that may indicate the presence of cancer. The computer-aided detection system highlights these areas on the images, alerting the radiologist to the need for further analysis.
How is the Procedure Performed?
Mammography is performed on an outpatient basis. During mammography, a specially qualified radiologic technologist will position your breast in the mammography unit. Your breast will be placed on a special platform and gradually compressed with a paddle. Breast compression is necessary in order to:
- Even out the breast thickness so that all of the tissue can be visualized.
- Spread out the tissue so that small abnormalities are less likely to be obscured by overlying breast tissue.
- Allow the use of a lower x-ray dose since a thinner amount of breast tissue is being imaged.
- Hold the breast still in order to minimize blurring of the image cause by motion.
- Reduce x-ray scatter to increase sharpness of picture
- The technologist will stand behind a glass shield during the x-ray exposure.You will be asked to change positions between images. The routine views are a top-to-bottom view and an oblique side view. The process will be repeated for the other breast.
You must hold very still and may be asked to keep from breathing for a few seconds while the x-ray picture is taken to reduce the possibility of a blurred image. The technologist will walk behind a wall or into the next room to activate the x-ray machine.
How Should I Prepare?
Before scheduling a mammogram, we recommend that you discuss any new findings or problems in your breasts with your physician. In addition, inform your physician of any prior surgeries, hormone use, and family or personal history of breast cancer. Always inform you physician or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that you are pregnant. We also recommend:
- No deodorant, powder, or lotion under your arms or on your breasts on the day of the exam.These can appear on the mammogram as calcium spots.
- Describe any breast symptoms or problems to the technologist performing the exam.
- If possible, obtain prior mammograms and make them available to the radiologist at the time of the current exam.
- Ask when your results will be available; do not assume that results are normal if you do not hear from your physician!
Potential Advantages of Digital Mammography
- Compared with the 10-15 minutes needed for conventional film mammography, digital mammography images are acquired in less than a minute.
- The superior contrast resolution of digital mammography and its ability to manipulate images might in time make for more accurate detection of breast cancers.
- Digital mammography lends itself well to another innovation—computer-aided detection—which obtains a second computerized reading in the hope of finding more cancers or more accurately gauging signs of malignancy.
- Computerized mammograms may be archived in various ways, easily retrieved, and copied exactly.Digital mammograms can also be transmitted from one location to another.
- Digital mammography offers the possibility of three-dimensional breast tomography using relatively low radiation doses.
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday, 8 am- 4 pm
To better plan your care, we suggest you complete these steps prior to the day of your exam:
- Complete blood work ordered by your doctor 24 hours before exam
- Comply with Diagnostic Imaging Exam Prep Instructions
- Arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled exam