Mammography Tips from our Women’s Imaging Team

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
exam.

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.

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.

Due to Overwhelming Response, TOMO Tuesday slots are full.

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!

Bigger. Better. Faster. AND Less Expensive.

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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?

Your benefits:

  • (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:

  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Cardiology
  • Pancreatic and Pelvic exams
  • Pediatrics
  • Angiography
  • Oncology

Women’s Imaging

Introducing State of the Art 3D Mammography

Screenshot 2015-08-14 17.06.18August 26, 2015 – Imaging Specialists today announced that it added new state-of-the-art breast imaging technology called 3D breast tomosynthesis for better breast cancer detection. The facility’s 3D mammography solution takes aim at improving breast cancer detection, reducing false-positive findings and reducing the need for additional tests.

3D mammogram technology is proven to detect breast cancer better than traditional 2D mammography alone. 3D mammography takes 25 images of the breast from many angles as the X-ray tube moves across the breast in a 50-degree arc. At Imaging Specialists 3D mammography is used in conjunction with digital mammography, computer aided detection (iCAD), and subspecialty trained radiologists. “The result is an unsurpassed weapon to fight breast cancer,” says Dr. Jon Carmain.

The 3D image sees clearly through breast tissue that may be overlapping, or through the tissue of women with dense breasts. “Clinical data demonstrates that the addition of 3D breast tomosynthesis to a patient’s traditional 2D digital mammogram increases detection of breast tumors. Earlier detection and diagnosis of small tumors is the key to surviving breast cancer,” says Dr. Carmain. “We are better able to target the size, shape and location of a tumor as well.”

3D mammography is ideal for women with dense breast tissue and women who have had prior biopsy or surgery. Patients continue to receive results immediately and speak with a breast-imaging radiologist who is on site to interpret images. Our technologists and providers completed special training and certification on the 3D breast tomosynthesis technology prior to offering the service publicly.

To schedule 3D mammography at Imaging Specialists, call 843-881-4020 or request and appointment online at ImagingSC.com. Many insurance plans cover. Affordable self-pay rates are available.