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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.
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”
It is my hope that this New Year finds you and your family healthy and happy. We are proud to be your choice for comprehensive imaging services. Nine years ago, we opened our doors. As both the doctors and the owners of the area’s only privately owned, free standing imaging center, we stood by the idea that healthcare delivery could and should revolve around what the patient wants. We believed in being better.
We brought the absolute best technology available today to the market. Then, we made it affordable. Not stopping there, we made it convenient. Ease of appointments, rapid results, pull up parking, transparent pricing with no hidden fees coupled with really nice people, create a five star experience. Treating our patients like family happens every day.
Our subspecialty trained radiologists are some of the best in their field. Our neuro, musculoskeletal, body, diagnostic, breast, pediatric, and interventional radiologists are your neighbors. We care about you, your family, and your friends. Expect more from your healthcare. Take the time to compare. It is your right to choose where you receive imaging services. Every day we work hard to make sure your choice is Imaging Specialists.
Michael Garovich, MD, President
For immediate release-Imaging Specialists now provides even more cutting edge technology that will help arm patients with information needed to assess their overall health: Pro-Bone Density and Body Mass Indexing tests. These tests can aid in chronic disease assessment, cardio-metabolic health assessment as well as weight management and wellness.
The GE Prodigy Pro Bone Densitometer provides rapid, excellent bone density testing and includes advanced hip analysis and vertebral assessment. Housed in the Women’s Imaging area, this test detects bone loss in its earliest stages and is the most effective way to diagnose and monitor osteoporosis. It is the most accurate in assessing fracture risk or treatment needs.
To learn more about bone density testing guidelines: https://www.imagingsc.com/dexa-scanning/
Imaging Specialists also offers Body Composition Analysis or BMI testing. In less than 5 minutes, this non-invasive scan provides patients with body composition through distinguishing fat and lean mass and detects metabolic changes. This detailed body composition testing can focus on specific body parts including arms, legs and abdomen. BMI testing aids metabolic health and provides detailed information that can help patients in making therapeutic decisions. This advanced BMI testing will cost $55.
Yearly testing for bone density and BMI will detect changes in the body as well as overall health. Imaging Specialists is a free standing, locally owned imaging facility in the greater Charleston area. Call 843.881.4020 or www.imagingsc.com to schedule an appointment.
Due to overwhelming response, TOMO Tuesday slots are full. We are so pleased to see patients taking care of their breast health. 3D Mammography remains available to all patients and many insurance companies are now covering in their policies. We are happy to help you determine if your insurance company includes 3Din conjunction with your mammography. Our out of pocket price for Tomosynthesis is competitive, should you not have insurance coverage.
We try to make scheduling your mammography easy for patients by providing an electronic request for prior authorizations. Click here https://www.imagingsc.com/records-release-authorization/ and send. We will do the rest. At Imaging Specialists, it is easy to get checked!
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a non-invasive, painless diagnostic procedure. Where you schedule your MRI is an important choice. An MRI scan tells your physician an important story about what is happening inside your body, but not all MRI’s are created equal. The 3T MRI at Imaging Specialists has no equal, and it costs 1/3 of the price (or less) of area hospitals.
The 3T MRI at Imaging Specialists is a wide bore (opening). This is ideal for children, big and tall people, and those suffering from claustrophobia. The larger bore enables us to reduce a patient’s anxiety by providing more room for the patient. The advanced power of the 3T translates to a faster exam time and better quality images, which means more comfort and quicker results.
On site subspecialty trained radiologists read your MRI results rapidly and with an expert eye. When an MRI is necessary, make sure you take advantage of the most advanced technology in the greater Charleston area. Experience the unmatched quality and proven openness that makes the 3T MRI the gold standard in imaging.
Why Should You Schedule Your 3T MRI with Imaging Specialists?
- (Much) More affordable
- Best MRI technology available today
- On site subspecialty trained radiologists
- 3T power equates to shorter exam times
- Increased patient comfort
- High image quality
- Unsurpassed customer service
- Rapid results
- Accelerates early diagnosis
- Provides accurate diagnosis
Proven Performer for:
- Pancreatic and Pelvic exams