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.
The American College of Radiology accredited us in the modality of mammography.
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 digital mammography services
- 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.
At Twin Cities Hospital, we use mammograms to detect and diagnose breast cancer quickly and accurately.
Mammography uses a low-dose X-ray system to take medical images of internal breast tissue using X-ray film. With digital mammography, X-ray film is replaced with electronics that convert X-rays into digital images of the breast. These images are transferred to a computer for review by the radiologist and for long-term storage.
From the patient's point of view, having a digital mammogram is essentially the same as having a conventional mammogram.
Benefits of digital mammography
Compared to traditional mammograms, digital mammograms can offer the following benefits:
- Allows 3D breast tomography
- Better visualization of dense breast tissue and calcification
- Faster results
- Higher quality images
- Lower radiation doses
- More compatible with computer-aided detection systems
- More easily archived, retrieved and copied images
- Potentially more accurate results
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
Mammograms are noninvasive, outpatient procedures. During a mammogram, a specially qualified technologist positions the breasts in the mammography unit. The breasts are placed, one-at-a-time, on a special platform and gradually compressed with a paddle.
The technologist stands behind a glass shield during the X-ray and asks the patient to change positions between images. The patient must hold very still and may be asked to keep from breathing for a few seconds while the X-ray is taken. This is to reduce the possibility of a blurred image.
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.