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While Imaging Specialists works toward a more robust schedule for patients, we will continue to implement heightened precautions. To protect everyone, we are closely following the guidance of local, national, and global health authorities – including the CDC, American College of Radiology, and the Society of Breast Imaging.
To maintain a safe environment for our staff and patients, here is what you can expect from us:
Patients and Staff to Wear Masks
All employees will wear company issued healthcare masks. All patients are required to wear a mask before entering the facility.
Patients Only in All Areas
Only patients are allowed into the facility at the time of their appointment. No visitors, please.
Enhanced Patient Screening
We screen all patients for fever, cough, shortness of breath, and recent travel. Patients are screened when calling to schedule an appointment, 1-2 days before their appointment, and at the check-in.
Employees are required to stay home if sick and are screened daily for symptoms. They are required to complete a 14-day self-quarantine if returning from any airplane travel or exhibiting symptoms.
Social Distancing and Remote Waiting
In adherence to the social distancing guidelines, we will continue to limit the number of patients scheduled and provide optional remote waiting in your vehicle.
Increased Frequency Cleaning
Along with our current cleaning protocols, we are more frequently cleaning our patient and non-patient areas throughout the day with products that the EPA lists for effective use against COVID-19.
Reducing High-touch Surfaces
We encourage you to bring your own book as we have removed the reading materials in our centers.
We are committed to updating our patients and community regularly as we make decisions regarding services.
We encourage you and your loved ones to continue to take these simple, protective steps:
- Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to wash between your fingers and scrub your nails, too – germs can linger beneath the nail bed.
- Cough into your elbow or use a tissue to prevent the spread of germs.
- Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- If you are sick, please stay home.
Thank you for your continued commitment to the health, well-being, and safety of our community. As circumstances continue to change, we will keep you informed.
To schedule, please call 843-881-4020. Convenient online scheduling through our website at www.imagingsc.com is coming soon!
Myth 1: Family history is present in most women diagnosed with breast cancer.
FALSE. More than 75% of women with breast cancer have no family history of the disease and less than 10% have a known gene mutation that increases risk.
We know a little about breast cancer risk factors, but why some women develop breast cancer and others do not, is still often a mystery. It is important for all women, regardless of family history, to have annual mammograms beginning at age 40.
Family history of breast cancer refers to having two or more first-degree relatives (such as a mother, sister, or daughter) or second-degree relatives (such as an aunt, niece or grandmother) diagnosed with breast cancer. Those with first degree relatives with breast cancer are at increased risk of developing breast cancer compared with women without affected relatives.
If you have a family history, it does not mean you have an inherited mutation. Women with inherited mutations of the genes BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 may result in increased risk of breast cancer. The mutations are sometimes (but not always) passed down to relatives and represent only 5-10% of breast cancer cases.
Myth 2: Lumps found on or around the breast are the only sign of breast cancer for which to routinely check.
No. Here are eight more signs and symptoms of breast cancer that could save your life.
- Changes in the skin texture on or around your breast: A lump inside the breast may cause in the breast to shorten and skin to pull inwards resulting in a puckered or dented appearance.
- Changes in the skin texture on or around breast: Dimpling of the skin could suggest that the tiny channels in the breast, called lymph vessels, which help get rid of waste products from the body, have become blocked.
- Thickening of the breast tissue. A lump in the cells within the milk-secreting glandular lobules may cause.
- Developing an eczema-like rash or redness on the nipple or the surrounding area. Although very rare, this redness can be linked to a disease that is associated with breast cancer called Paget’s disease.
- Unusual discharge (such as blood or pus) from the nipple.
- The nipple changes such as inversion or changes in shape and position.
- Visible veins on the breast
- Swelling in the armpit
Myth 3. Men can’t get breast cancer.
Men can get breast cancer. While breast cancer in men comprises less than 1% of all breast cancers, it does occur. Men have breast tissue. Per the American Cancer Society, other factors including age, high estrogen levels, radiation exposure, alcohol consumption, a strong family history of breast cancer, or genetic mutations may increase a man’s risk of breast cancer.
At Imaging Specialists’ Women’s Imaging, we provide a private suite of advanced imaging including 3D mammography. Every Tuesday, our team shares mammography tips on ourFacebook page. Here is a look at some of the tips you need to know before scheduling your next mammogram.
1. Deodorant – Skip the deodorant before your mammogram. It can actually show up and require extra films. Imaging Specialists provides deodorant for your use after the
2. Check your Calendar – It needs to be one year plus one day between mammography appointments. This is for insurance and screening purposes.
3. Prior Records – It is helpful for our radiologists to have your prior mammogram films. If you have had a mammogram at a different location, simply fill out this form BEFORE your scheduled mammogram. We will facilitate getting your prior mammography films for you! https://www.imagingsc.com/records-release-authorization/
4. Implants – It is important to notify our team of implants when you schedule your appointment. Implants require more films, which call for a longer appointment time.
5. What to Wear – When coming in for a mammogram, make sure to wear bottoms. You need to wear clothing that is easy to remove from the waist up, as our capes are waist length.
6. Compression – Why the squeeze? Compression keeps the breast still, it makes the surface area smaller and spreads out the tissue which helps with cancer detection.
7. Nursing – If you are currently nursing or have nursed within 6 months, wait before scheduling your mammogram. Allow your breasts 6 months to return to normal before scheduling.
8. 2D vs. 3D – Unlike 2D mammography, 3D Breast Tomosynthesis takes X-ray pictures of each breast from many angles that are not available in traditional mammography.
Most important tip of all: Mammograms save lives. Your very best defense is early detection and diagnosis, made possible through an annual screening mammogram. Schedule yours today! https://www.imagingsc.com/online-appointments.
The team at Imaging Specialists interacts with patients on a daily basis. Patients often share the same questions and concerns. Imaging Specialists compiled those questions in one place in hopes that these answers will help others with scheduled imaging as well.
- When will I get my MRI results? The answer for MRI is the results are available the next day. The Imaging Specialists radiologists examine the images and provide a detailed report to the referring provider, who then contacts the patient regarding the results.
- Is my mammogram clear? The subspecialty trained radiologists at Imaging Specialists are on site and personally provide mammography results. Unlike other imaging centers, if a patient needs additional studies they will be handled immediately. No waiting and worrying!
- If a prior mammogram was at another facility, can I still come to Imaging Specialists? You bet! Go to www.imagingspecialists.com to find a convenient Women’s Imaging form. Imaging Specialists facilitates the transfer of prior mammography films.
- Do you have a patient portal? Patients are given access to a patient portal at the time of visit. It typically takes 24 hours for results to be posted to the portal.
- Can I walk in for an X-Ray? Yes! However, patients do need an order in hand from a referring physician. Walk ins, but it is recommended to call before arriving so the team can put the appointment on the schedule.
- Does Imaging Specialists handle insurance authorization? The authorization team begins communication with the insurance company as soon as the patient is placed on the schedule. Here is a tip: The more clinical notes received from the provider, the easier it can be to get the insurance provider to authorize payment.
- Can I choose to go to Imaging Specialists? ABSOLUTELY! Patients should be an advocate for their health and request to go to Imaging Specialists.
Imaging Specialists is the only locally owned full service, freestanding medical imaging facility in greater Charleston. From Digital X-Ray to the latest Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Imaging Specialists strives to exceed all of expectations for care. Experience the difference that the latest technology housed in a modern facility can make. The friendly staff is available to answer questions at 843-881-4020. (tel:843-881-4020)
It’s a new year, and for many a perfect time to make changes. One change that many Charleston women have shown interest in is a new location for their annual mammogram. Choosing a mammography provider is a patient’s choice, and they have many options from large hospitals to locally owned facilities. Read more “Patients Ready to Make Mammography Switch in 2018”
Imaging Specialists patients not only leave with mammography results in hand, but also knowledge of increased risk due to breast density, thanks to a new law. Hope’s Law states a patient must be informed if a mammogram indicates dense breast tissue. Read more “Imaging Specialists to Educate Patients on Breast Density”
Transferring mammography records is easy.