Women's Services-Women's Imaging
About the Onslow Imaging Center for Women
At the Onslow Imaging Center for Women, our focus is on providing state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services for women, making it possible for physicians to diagnose and treat diseases. This includes offering new 3-D mammography, currently available at our center.
We’re making things easier for women and their physicians by offering a wide range of imaging services all under one roof. We provide essential diagnostic services in an environment that offers privacy and comfort, away from the hustle and bustle of the hospital, in a building adjacent to the Hospital’s Emergency Department.
Our services are designed to help reduce women’s anxiety and increase their comfort level. Our goal is to offer high-quality healthcare options specifically for women so they feel confident about their own personal health, diagnosis or treatments. And through our Mammography Accreditation by the American College of Radiology, our facility is certified to meet the highest level of patient safety standards and image quality.
New, more accurate 3-D mammography available
We are now offering the latest 3-D digital mammography technology at our facility. 3-D mammography is a huge benefit to the community because of its ability to improve accuracy and detection, reduce false positives and detect invasive cancers that are harder to see on traditional 2-D mammograms. Ask your doctor if you should have a 3-D mammogram or call (910) 577-2690 with questions or learn more here.
Mammograms are nothing to be scared of
Besides being quicker, more comfortable and easier than most women realize, a mammogram is nothing to be scared of. The results are empowering, and early detection saves lives.
Onslow Memorial and most physician groups recommend women 40 and over (and those at higher risk) get a mammogram annually. Just like regular exercise and good nutrition, routine screenings can keep you healthy and reduce your risk for breast cancer and maybe even save your life. Schedule yours today: click here.
Why mammograms are key
Trish Kramer, Emergency Department Nurse and Annual Mammography Patient, explains:
Benefits of new 3-D mammogram technology
Onslow Memorial is proud to offer the latest technology in fighting breast cancer: 3-D mammography. This technology can detect breast cancers earlier and through denser tissues than traditional mammograms, ultimately providing greater visibility of detail for radiologists. 3-D mammography also detects 41% more invasive cancers than conventional 2-D mammography alone and provides for up to a 40% reduction in recall rates compared to 2-D mammography. Best of all, a 3-D mammogram is now covered by many insurers. Ask your physician if a 3-D mammogram might be right for you, or schedule your mammogram here.
Breast Cancer in Onslow County
Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women. It also is the second-leading cancer killer of women, after lung cancer. Every woman has a chance of getting breast cancer. About 1-in-8 women will learn she has the disease at some point in her life. On the local level, breast cancer rates in North Carolina are among the highest in the country. It sounds scary, but today most women with breast cancer survive it with regular screenings and early detection.
Onslow Supports Annual Screening Mammograms for Women Ages 40-and-Above
- Every major medical organization with expertise in breast cancer care recommends yearly mammograms beginning at forty, including: American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, American Society of Breast Disease, and Society of Breast Imaging
- 1-in-6 breast cancers occur in women 40-49
- 40% of patient years-of-life saved by mammography are for women aged 40-49
- Since mammogram screenings became widespread in 1990's, breast cancer deaths are down 30%
- In Onslow County, only around 65% of females over 40 reported having a mammogram, which is lower than all peer county rates and the rates for NC overall (68%)
- 75% women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of it and aren't considered at risk
- Most major insurance companies cover annual screening mammograms after 40
For more information on how mammograms can save your life, click here.
One of the ways to protect yourself is through a Breast Self-Exam. A self-exam is when a woman physically and visually examines herself for any changes in her breasts and underarm areas.
However, self-exams should not be used in place of, but should be done in addition to, clinical breast examination (performed by a health care provider every three years for women in their 20s and 30s, and every year for women ages 40 and older) and mammography. See a step-by-step guide here for how to conduct a self-exam.
Annual mammograms can detect cancer early — when it is most treatable. In fact, mammograms show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Find out how mammograms and/or cancer treatment saved the lives of several local women by clicking here.
Q: What is a 3-D mammography breast exam?
A: 3-D mammography is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection that can be done in conjunction with a traditional 2D digital mammogram.
During the 3-D part of the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over your breast, taking multiple breast images. Then, a computer produces a 3-D image of your breast tissue in one millimeter slices, providing greater visibility for the radiologist to see breast detail in a way never before possible. They can scroll through images of your entire breast like pages of a book.
The additional 3-D images make it possible for a radiologist to gain a better understanding of your breast tissue during screening and the confidence to reduce the need for follow-up imaging.
Q: What are the benefits of a 3-D mammography breast exam?
A: With conventional digital mammography, the radiologist is viewing all the complexities of your breast tissue in a one flat image. Sometimes breast tissue can overlap, giving the illusion of normal breast tissue looking like an abnormal area.
By looking at the breast tissue in one millimeter slices, the radiologist can provide a more confident assessment. In this way, 3-D mammography detects 41% more invasive cancers than conventional 2-D mammography. It also means there is a 40% lesser chance your doctor will call you back later for a “second look,” because now they can see breast tissue more clearly.
Q: What should I expect during my 3-D mammography exam?
A: 3-D mammography complements standard 2-D mammography and is performed at the same time with the same system. There is no additional compression required, and it only takes a few more seconds longer for each view.
Q: Who should consider a 3-D mammography exam?
A: It is approved for all women who would be undergoing a standard mammogram, in both the screening and diagnostic settings. It should be the new standard screening tool for all women, not just for those who have a family history of breast cancer.
Q: Is 3-D mammography covered by insurance?
A: Since the technology is so new, not all insurances currently cover 3-D mammograms. We ask that patients please make sure they’re approved before scheduling their mammogram by contacting their doctor or insurance provider.
Q: Do I need a doctor’s referral?
A: Yes, please contact your doctor to see how you can get a 3-D mammogram at your next screening.
Onslow Imaging Center for Women
121 Memorial Drive, Jacksonville, NC 28546
Hours of Operation:
- Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Wednesday and Friday from 6:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
To schedule an appointment, call (910) 577-2323. Or use our online scheduler: click here.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Every October, as we celebrate survivors and continue to raise breast cancer awareness, you’ll find we remain focused on educating women about having timely mammography screenings and clinical exams. Today we are lucky in the sense that time, research, and technology have provided us with the knowledge and the tools that allow for cutting edge care and higher survivability rates.
Of course, even with these things in our favor, we still have a fight on our hands. This fight is most evident in our courageous survivors, which is why we love to read and hear their tales. At Onslow Memorial Hospital, we’re fortunate to have a team of talented physicians who work together to treat our patients locally.
Breast cancer is a disease that affects women at their core. It’s so tied to who we are as women, the idea of our purpose in life. It’s associated with our sexuality, and our reproduction. With most types of cancer, you can disassociate the disease from the person, but for breast cancer, it’s really hard to do that. That is why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is so important to us. It allows us to celebrate those affected by breast cancer, raise awareness of what we’re doing to fight the disease, and provide additional educational resources. For those reasons, we hope it’s important to you, too.
Dr. Elizabeth D'Angelo
Onslow Memorial Hospital, Chief of Staff
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