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Woman's Imaging

Womens ImagingAt Columbus Radiology we understand the vitally important role that diagnostics, testing and early detection play in maintaining a woman's overall health. We offer the finest and most advanced digital mammography services. In addition we have accreditations by the American College of Radiology for:

  • MRI
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy
  • Stereotactic needle biopsy

We partnered with Grant Medical Center to become one of the first imaging sites in the country to be named by the American College of Radiology as being a Breast Center of Excellence – there are only 174 nationally.

Digital mammography

Digital mammography, also called full-field digital mammography (FFDM), 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.

Research findings indicate that digital mammography was significantly better at detecting breast cancers than film mammography in three groups of women:

  • Women who were younger than 50
  • Women who had dense breasts
  • Women who were pre-menopausal or peri-menopausal (had had their last period within a year of their mammograms).
Breast MRI

MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that cannot be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound.

MRI of the breast is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging but rather a supplemental tool for detecting and staging breast cancer and other breast abnormalities.

Medical studies are currently being conducted to determine whether MRI and other imaging methods can contribute to the early detection and prevention of deaths from breast cancer.

MR imaging of the breast is performed to:

  • Assess multiple tumor locations, especially prior to breast conservation surgery.
  • Identify early breast cancer not detected through other means, especially in women with dense breast tissue and those at high risk for the disease.
  • Evaluate abnormalities detected by mammography or ultrasound.
  • Distinguish between scar tissue and recurrent tumors.
  • Determine whether cancer detected by mammography, ultrasound, or after surgical biopsy has spread further in the breast or into the chest wall.
  • Assess the effect of chemotherapy.
  • Provide additional information on a diseased breast to make treatment decisions.
  • Determine the integrity of breast implants.

Although breast imaging is often the major focus of women’s imaging, our radiologists provide the full spectrum of imaging related to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases unique to women. We are in position to alert women to risk factors, diagnostic tests, and treatments available for diseases beyond those related to the breast.