Women's Services-Women's Imaging
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.
We make it easier for women to take care of their diagnostic and imaging needs by offering all of our imaging services under one roof. For patient convenience, our women's imaging department is located in the Women's Center on our campus, adjacent to the Emergency Department. We provide women with essential diagnostic services in an environment that offers privacy and comfort, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy hospital.
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.
Our Imaging Center for Women is located at 121 Memorial Drive and is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 7:45a, and Wednesday and Friday at 6:45a. We close daily at 4:30p. To schedule an appointment, call (910) 577-2323.
New, more accurate 3-D mammography now available
We are pleased to announce 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. Please call (910) 577-2690 with questions or learn more here.
Why you should get a Mammogram
Everything starts with your health. That’s why making sure you are healthy and cancer-free is the ultimate treat for yourself and gift for your loved ones. If you are forty or above, Onslow Memorial Hospital recommends an annual screening. Early detection could save your life.
New 3-D mammogram technology
Onslow Memorial recommends that ALL women over forty get a 3-D breast exam to detect breast cancer early.
3-D mammography 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.
A 3-D image of breast tissue provides greater visibility of detail for radiologists. The additional information finds cancers missed with conventional 2-D mammography and means there is less chance your doctor will call you back for a second exam. Talk with your doctor about 3-D mammography today.
The key to early breast cancer detection
Just like rest, exercise and nutrition, routine screenings can keep you healthy and reduce your risk for breast cancer. Maybe even save your life. Onslow Memorial Hospital advises an annual mammogram for women after forty even with no family history of breast cancer. Onslow Memorial is committed to the fight against breast cancer and proud to support initiatives that support breast cancer awareness and prevention. Our mission is to promote awareness and foster a vibrant national dialogue on breast health issues. Mammograms are just one of the many ways women are avoiding or surviving breast cancer and thriving on.
With collaborating organizations such as American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen For The Cure and many other important public and private health institutions, Onslow promises to continue the great strides being made in the prevention of this disease, still the most commonly-diagnosed form of cancer in women. Year round, we are continuing our efforts in diagnostics to keep patients cancer free and investing in equipment to fight cancer more effectively. Onslow Memorial is now offering the latest 3-D digital mammography technology. 3-D mammography will be 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. This technology is just another way we are improving quality and expanding services to better care for the Onslow community.
Video: Straight Talk about Breast Cancer
From Carol H. Lee, MD - Chair, American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Commission.
Why should you be concerned about breast cancer?
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. It sounds scary, but today most women with breast cancer survive it by early screening and detection.
On the local level, breast cancer rates in North Carolina are among the highest in the country. According to data from a 2011 survey, Onslow County women presented at later stages II, III, and IV, with total percentages at 29.23%, 21.54% and 6.15%, respectively.
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 Surgeons, 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%
- 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 for any age
For more information on how mammograms can save your life, click here.
Preventing Breast Cancer, A three-step guide
The thought of having breast cancer is frightening to everyone, and especially devastating to women. However, ignoring the possibility that you may develop breast cancer or avoiding the processes to detect cancer can be dangerous. Click here to learn more.
The most important way to protect yourself is through a Breast Self-Exam (BSE). A BSE is when a woman physically and visually examines herself for any changes in her breasts and underarm areas. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has found evidence that suggests BSEs do not lower the risk for death from breast cancer. Therefore, if you choose to do BSE, it should not be used in place of, but 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 our step by step guide here.
Local Women Fight Breast Cancer
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 saved the lives of several local women by clicking here
By enduring and surviving one of the most difficult challenges a person can face, cancer survivors offer the rest of us a great life lesson: that love, faith and courage can lift hope to a level that overcomes the cold realities of a vicious disease.
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.
- About our new 3D Mammography Technology
- Frequently Asked Questions: Mammograms
- Mammograms: What Every Woman Needs to Know
- What to Expect at Your Mammogram
- Why Your Doctor Uses Medical Imaging
For more information, visit O’Healthy, our online health library.
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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