Mammography is the process of using low doses of radiation to identify any abnormalities in the breasts. At least one out of every eight women is at risk of developing breast cancer during her life span and one percent of all breast cancers occur in men. Regular mammograms and breast self exams have been proven to improve early detection and treatment of breast cancer.
Two types of mammograms include:
- Screening mammograms are performed on a regular basis, usually annually, to check your breast tissue. This type of mammogram typically takes 15-20 minutes to perform and is recommended annually for women age 40 and over who are not experiencing any problems. Ask your physician if you need a screening mammogram prior to turning 40 (i.e., if you have a family history).
- Diagnostic mammograms evaluate a breast change detected by you or your doctor. This type of mammogram is advised for patients who notice lumps, have a family history, are breast cancer patients or have found an abnormality during a screening mammogram. A diagnostic mammogram may be more time consuming because additional images may need to be taken.
We use the latest in digital mammography systems. Digital technology provides more detailed images with less radiation. It also allows the physician to electronically manipulate the images to make a more accurate diagnosis. This technology is not only designed to be more comfortable for the patient, but it also allows the radiology technologist to be with the patient during the entire exam.
We understand our patients have busy lives. That's why we not only make appointments easy and convenient, but we have additional imaging technology at each location to meet your needs, including breast MRI and ultrasound.
If you are due for a mammogram, schedule one today by calling 321-841-5274. Outpatient procedures are scheduled Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 5:30 p.m.
It's important to remember to check with your insurance prior to your appointment. You will also need to obtain films from previous mammograms if not performed at one of our facilities. Our scheduling staff will be happy to assist you in preparing for your visit.
A prescription from your physician is required for a mammogram. If you need to schedule an appointment with a physician to request a script, please call 321-843-DOCS (321-843-3627)
Both a screening mammogram and a diagnostic mammogram require a prescription from your physician.
If you have a prescription, you can schedule today by calling 407-767-5828.
If you need a physician who can consult with you and determine if a mammogram is necessary, please call 321-843-DOCS (321-843-3627).
The Women's Imaging Center at South Seminole Hospital is dedicated to the unique healthcare needs of women. It delivers a high level of care in a warm and friendly environment. And should the need arise, it provides direct access to Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center.
We offer the following services:
- Bone Densitometry
- Needle Localization
South Seminole Hospital
Women's Imaging Center
521 W. State Road 434, Suite 100
Longwood, FL 32750
If you are due for a mammogram, schedule one today by calling 407-767-5828
Bone densitometry, or DEXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry), is an exam that detects early bone loss by measuring bone mineral density with a low-dose radiation. The spine and hip are the most common sites of measurement. South Seminole Hospital has registered technologists that perform these scans.
During the test, the patient will lie on a table comfortably on his or her back. Our technologist will enter the patient's information in the computer which is used to compare the results to a normal reference group. There are no injections or oral preparations for the test and it usually lasts about 45 minutes.
The needs for DEXA vary somewhat depending on the physician and/or medical provider. Some reasons to receive a DXA include:
- Assessment of asymptomatic perimenopausal women to determine if therapy is needed.
- Diagnosis of osteoporosis in patients with signs of osteoporosis on X-rays or MRIs.
- Assessment of bone mass in patients with diseases or medications known to cause bone loss.
- Assessment of bone mass prior to alternate therapy for patients unable to tolerate estrogen replacement therapy (i.e. patients with breast cancer or thrombophlebis).
- Monitoring treatment efficacy.
The bone densitometry test provides information about your risk of bone fracture in the same way a cholesterol test indicates risk of a heart attack. Your physician may use the results to decide treatment that includes diet, exercise, hormones, or other medications used to prevent bone loss.
A needle localization biopsy is done when an abnormality is seen on a mammogram, but no lump has been detected on a physical exam. The biopsy is used to make a precise diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that is best for you. This can be done by the use of ultrasound guidance, mammography or MRI guidance. The procedure uses very thin needles to mark the location of an abnormal area of tissue, so that it can be sampled through surgery.
Ultrasound is an imaging test that sends high-frequency sound waves through your breast and converts them into images on a viewing screen. It is not used on its own as a screening test for breast cancer. Rather, our staff at the Women's Imaging Center uses it to complement and guide other tests. If an abnormality is seen on a mammogram or detected through a physical exam, ultrasound is the best way to find out if the abnormality is solid (such as benign fibroadenoma or cancer) or fluid-filled (such as a benign cyst). It cannot determine whether a solid lump is cancerous.