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Expanded Women’s Imaging Suite Includes Two New, Best-In-Class Mammography Systems

At Imaging Specialists, we are pleased to announce the completion of our expanded, best-in-class Women’s Imaging suite. Unsurpassed 3D technology and onsite subspecialty-trained radiologists give every woman the best chance for an early and accurate diagnosis. Further benefits for patients include:

  • Worry-free rapid results
  • Dedicated women’s imaging suite anchored by 3D Mammography, Ultrasound, and 3T Breast MRI
  • Evening and weekend hours
  • Better pricing, affordable self-pay rates
  • 99% patient satisfaction rate
  • Breast biopsy with rapid pathology results
  • New! Online patient appointment scheduling at www.ImagingSC.com
  • New! Expanded Women’s Imaging Suite with TWO best in class Hologic 3D Mammography Systems.
  • New! Urgent same day appointment slots for patients exhibiting symptoms

Get Checked: It’s The Breast Thing To Do

Historic advancements have triumphed in the battle to defeat breast cancer. However, one in eight women will still be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society.

Getting your annual mammogram plays an important part in the battle to defeat breast cancer. Imaging Specialists is making the first step more accessible and convenient than ever before. To start, schedule your mammogram online in minutes with our user-friendly appointment portal. Once you visit Imaging Specialists, you’ll be introduced to industry-leading, state of the art equipment including a brand-new breast imaging suite featuring 3D Mammography. Imaging Specialists takes the stress and guesswork out of the imaging experience, delivering your results within 24 hours. Every day counts in the fight against breast cancer; take control of your breast health today with Imaging Specialists.

If the results reveal your nightmares, realize you arrived early to battle and Imaging Specialists is by your side to help you fight. Our newly expanded state-of-the-art women’s imaging suite is one weapon of many in our arsenal.

We are expanding to include two new, best-in-class 3D Mammography systems to serve more women faster. 3D Mammography offers a 40% clearer view of breast tissue than 2D, which increases detection. This field-leading technology also entails faster exam times and more comfortable patient positioning during the mammogram.

3D Mammography (right) offers a clearer view vs. 2D Digital Mammography (left).

2D Digital Mammography and 3D Tomosynthesis

We also utilize Breast MRI technology to deliver care with rapid results, when necessary. Breast MRI is a radiation-free procedure that provides detailed images of the breast, further characterizing lumps and lesions and allowing for pinpoint localization.

Do the breast thing for you by prioritizing your health. Schedule a mammography appointment with our highly trained specialists. You can schedule online or call us at 843-881-4020. See our Mammography Tips from Our Women’s Imaging Team blog for our complete list of mammography tips. We have the weapons; we just need you.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

As we navigate the recent spikes in COVID-19 locally, here is some important information to know:

  1. Imaging Specialists continues to follow all safety guidelines in place. Read more here for our detailed safety precautions and guidelines.
  2. We brought in a third party deep sanitation service immediately to thoroughly clean the entire facility, in addition to our frequent, daily cleaning policies.
  3. We assure our patients that any and all safety precautions available to Imaging Specialists are being implemented. For the protection of our staff, all patients are required to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer upon entering the facility. No visitors are permitted to accompany the patient unless a disability requiring mobility assistance is required or the patient is under 18 years of age.
  4. We ask that all patients and providers be cautious of their health so we can continue to safely provide you our full complement of advanced imaging services at a better price. If you do not feel well, please stay home and call us to reschedule your appointment at 843-881-4020.
  5. Online appointments for patients are available at ImagingSC.com. It is as easy as 1, 2, 3, and avoids wait times on the phone due to high call volume. If you call and do not reach a person, please leave a message. We will call you back.

Imaging Specialists Provides a Safe Space for Medical Imaging

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.

Employee Screening
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.

Ongoing Updates
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!

Top Three Breast Cancer Myths Debunked

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Thickening of the breast tissue.  A lump in the cells within the milk-secreting glandular lobules may cause.
  4. 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.
  5. Unusual discharge (such as blood or pus) from the nipple.
  6. The nipple changes such as inversion or changes in shape and position.
  7. Visible veins on the breast
  8. 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.

A Letter From Michael Garovich, MD, President

Dear Patients,

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.

Yours truly,
Michael Garovich, MD, President
Imaging Specialists

 

Imaging Specialists Offering Bone Density, BMI Testing

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.