Women's health imaging in Niceville, Florida
At Twin Cities Hospital, we care about the health of our Okaloosa County community. That's why our Women's Health & Imaging Center uses advanced technology to provide high-quality women's services with a compassionate touch.
Our women's specialists work with patients and their physicians to ensure great health outcomes.
To schedule a mammogram or bone density screening, call our scheduling office at (888) 894-2115.
Our women's health center
Patients choose our women's health center because we offer advanced screenings in a comfortable setting.
Some of our services and amenities include:
- Accredited 3D digital mammography
- Bone density scans
- Comfortable exam pads
- Computer-aided detection systems
- Convenient appointments
- Educational materials
- Low radiation doses
- Private screenings
- Short exam times
- Warm and comfortable rooms
Bone density scanning
We offer bone density scans to determine if our patients have osteoporosis or bone health issues. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about 10 million Americans have osteoporosis. Eighty percent of people with osteoporosis are women.
Although osteoporosis is common in women who have experienced menopause, bone health issues are not an inevitable part of aging. With bone density scans, we can determine the health of our patients' bones and help prevent bone disease.
3D Digital mammography
Twin Cities Hospital is reshaping the mammography experience with comfort, confidence, clarity and superior diagnostic accuracy with the latest technology for 3D mammography.
The new 3D mammography exam helps ease patient’s anxiety, reduces the chance of movement and results in a better overall exam experience. This new 3D mammogram exam also uses the same low dose as a standard 2D mammography exam.
Benefits of digital mammography
Compared to traditional 2D mammography, 3D mammography can offer the following benefits:
- A 3D exam detects more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives. This means one simple thing: more accuracy.
- The 3D exam allows doctors to see masses and distortions associated with cancers significantly more clearly than conventional 2D mammography. Instead of viewing all of the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, as with conventional 2D mammography, fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below.
Computer-aided detection systems
Computer-aided detection systems search the images for abnormal areas that may indicate the presence of cancer. The detection system highlights potentially abnormal areas on the images, alerting the radiologist to the need for further analysis.
Women who are 40 years old and older should speak with their doctor about getting an annual mammogram.
Women who are between 20 and 39 years old and have a family member with breast cancer may be at an increased risk of getting the disease. Women with this risk factor should speak to their physicians about getting a mammogram before they are 40 years old.
The mammogram procedure
The 3D exam is very similar to having a conventional 2D mammogram. Like a 2D mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast, and take images from different angles. There’s no additional compression required with a 3D exam, and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view.
The technologist will view the images of your breasts at the computer workstation to ensure quality images have been captured for review. A radiologist will then examine the images and report results to either your physician or directly to you.
Preparing for a mammogram
We strive to make our patients feel as comfortable as possible during their mammograms. One of the ways we lessen our patients' anxieties is by preparing them for their mammograms. We recommend the following:
- Before scheduling a mammogram, discuss any new findings or problems in your breasts with your physician.
- Inform your physician and technologist of any prior surgeries, hormone use and family or personal history of breast cancer.
- Always inform your physician or X-ray technologist if there is any possibility that you are pregnant.
- Do not wear deodorant, powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts.
- 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.
Our women's health imaging team
Our digital mammograms and bone density scans are performed by registered technologists who are specially trained in conducting procedures safely and efficiently. Our interpreting physicians are radiologists certified by the American Board of Radiology.