Patients Ready to Make Mammography Switch in 2018

January 2nd, 2018

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. At Imaging Specialists’ Women’s Imaging, the only locally owned facility in the Charleston area, patients are offered a private suite of advanced imaging including 3D mammography, ultrasound, bone densitometry, and 3T breast MRI. Image guided biopsy is also provided on site, and Imaging Specialists offers the lowest prices in town on all of these services. Patients often ask how to make the mammography switch. Many feel stuck at a current location due to prior mammography films and records. Imaging Specialists recognized this hurdle and helps patients make the transition become an easy one by handling the transfer of prior films for each patient.

Want to switch to IS for a mammogram? 1. Schedule mammogram with Imaging Specialists via 843-881-4020 or request an appointment online at 2. Have referring provider send Imaging Specialists an order for mammogram. 3. If patient is NEW to Imaging Specialists and HAVE had a mammogram elsewhere before, please fill out the Request Prior Mammogram Films one week in advance of your appointment.

Once the form above is filled out, a patient’s prior films will be requested and received. The prior information is a helpful tool for our subspecialty trained radiologists at Imaging Specialists who are on site and personally provide results to each patient. In contrast to protocol at other facilities, if a patient needs additional studies at Imaging Specialists, they will be moved to them within the same day if possible, which reduces the waiting and worrying.

A patient’s very best defense is early detection and diagnosis, made possible through an annual screening mammogram. Imaging Specialists commits every day to matching our compassionate care for women with state-of-the-art mammogram technology. To learn more:

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Imaging Specialists to Educate Patients on Breast Density

September 21st, 2017

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. Following a mammogram, Imaging Specialists patients are immediately informed of their breast density level.  Dr. Micheal Garovich of Imaging Specialists explains, “Breasts are made up of a mixture of fibrous and glandular tissue and fatty tissue. A patient’s breasts are considered dense if they have a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue but not much fat.”  Dense tissue can be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Says Dr. Garovich, “The hope is that educating patients on their personal density level will help increase awareness and spark informed conversations between a patient and their provider.”

There is a four level mammographic density scale used by radiologists, ranging from almost entirely fatty to extremely dense. Explains Dr. Garovich, “Many patients mistake fatty tissue for density. There is a big difference regarding protocol and detection. It is important for patients to be well informed of their density level and understand the difference.” Dense breasts can make it harder to detect cancer in mammography. For patients with completely dense breasts, ultrasound and MRI are often used in conjunction to 3D mammography for breast cancer detection.  Explains Dr. Garovich, “Scheduling a 3D mammogram is key for a patient with dense breasts.  52-76% of cancers are missed in dense breast tissue, where tumors are more difficult to identify in traditional mammography. That changes with wide-angle 3D breast tomosynthesis which is better at detecting through the dense tissues.”

The American College of Radiology recommends all women forty years and older have an annual mammogram. Imaging Specialists offers a full service Women’s Imaging suite, including 3D mammography, ultrasound, bone densitometry, and 3T breast MRI. Image guided biopsy is also provided on site. Subspecialty trained radiologists are on site and personally provide results to the patient as well as breast density level and are available to field any questions.

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3D Mammography is today’s best technology to detect cancer earlier

April 21st, 2017

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Want to stop waiting for results?

April 21st, 2017

Transferring mammography records is easy.

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April 21st, 2017

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A Letter From Michael Garovich, MD, President

January 19th, 2017

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


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Imaging Specialists Offering Bone Density, BMI Testing

October 20th, 2016

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:
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 to schedule an appointment.

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Due to Overwhelming Response, TOMO Tuesday slots are full.

October 11th, 2016

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 and send. We will do the rest. At Imaging Specialists, it is easy to get checked!

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New Commercial – The Choice Is Yours

October 11th, 2016

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Bigger. Better. Faster. AND Less Expensive.

March 7th, 2016


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

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