Redmond's Women's Center offers a variety of services that can be performed on the same day to make this important health screening easier than ever for Complete Peace of Mind. Results of these tests will be given in a timely manner. Above all else, Redmond Women's Center is committed to providing superior breast care, and we take pride in offering a variety of same day services. We use state of the art equipment and specially trained clinicians to offer the most advance diagnostic and screening procedures available including:
Clinical Breast Exam (CBE)
Clinical breast exams are now available from Mammacare certified nurse practitioners at your request at the time of your digital screening mammogram. Clinical breast exams include visual inspection of the breast tissue as well as palpation of the entire breast area from armpit to breastbone and collarbone to the bra line as well as nearby lymph nodes that drain the breasts. Results of the clinical breast exams will be given the same day and additional exams will be performed as indicated. Clinical breast exams combined with mammography can aid in the earlier detection of breast cancer. In fact, a clinical breast exam can find some cancers that are undetected by mammography alone. The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 20-40 receive a clinical breast exam (CBE) about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over.
To schedule a clinical breast exam, please call (706) 802-3575.
Digital Screening Mammogram
Redmond applies the latest in breast disease detection technology with the utilization of total digital mammograms. Total digital mammograms offer a more detailed picture of the breasts, which makes it easier to differentiate cancer tissue from normal tissue. We also use computer aided detection which maximizes the accuracy of mammogram results and uses 60 percent less radiation exposure for the patient.
To schedule your digital screening mammogram, please call (706) 802-3575.
Digital Diagnostic Mammogram
We offer digital diagnostic mammograms for patients with previous breast problems or to follow up with new breast symptoms. These take a closer look at the breast to magnify areas that need closer surveillance. Digital diagnostic mammograms are read by our radiologists on the same day while the patient is in the facility.
This procedure is used in conjunction with a mammogram to allow technologists to study a specific area found on a mammogram and/or a lump that can be felt. This exam can determine the difference between a cyst and a solid mass. Breast ultrasounds are read by our radiologists on the same day while the patient is in the facility.
This procedure is used in conjunction with a mammogram to detect breast cancer and other abnormalities of the breast. Annual breast MRIs are usually recommended for patients who either have a personal history of breast cancer or have shown to be high risk for breast cancer with a Tyrer-Cuzick (also known as IBIS) lifetime risk assessment score of twenty percent or greater.
Tyrer Cuzick Lifetime Risk Assessment for Breast Cancer
A Tyrer Cuzick lifetime risk assessment for breast cancer is now conducted on all patients seen at Redmond Women’s Center. This tool is used to identify patients that are at an increased risk for developing breast cancer. In the event that a patient is deemed high risk, she will be given the opportunity to meet with one of our Women’s Center’s nurse practitioners. At that time, the nurse practitioner will discuss additional breast screenings including more frequent clinical breast exams, yearly breast MRI, and/or genetic testing. The nurse practitioner can also order and schedule appropriate tests.
Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
Redmond’s Women’s Center has the distinction of accreditation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) by the American College of Radiology. This is awarded to breast centers that are fully accredited in mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, stereotactic breast biopsy, and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. In addition to comprehensive breast services, we also offer bone density screenings in order to provide you with all of your women’s healthcare needs.
Stereotactic and Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy
These are minimally invasive procedures that are performed when an area of the breast tissue is suspicious for malignancy or different from a previous mammogram. In both the stereotactic and ultrasound-guided procedures, biopsies of a small sampling of the suspicious area are taken and sent to the lab for evaluation.
Redmond uses Mammotome Breast Biopsy System, the highly efficient technology capable of acquiring multiple tissue specimens with only one insertion site. This technology is minimally invasive compared to an open surgical biopsy and does not require sutures. These features minimize the possibility of scarring or breast disfigurement relating to open procedures. Scar tissue from open biopsies can decrease the accuracy of future mammograms.
After a breast biopsy is conducted, experienced pathologists will thoroughly analyze breast tissue specimens to give an accurate diagnosis. Results are available for most patients within 1-2 business days. A nurse practitioner will personally contact the patient with pathology results. Depending on patient preference, pathology results can be given over the phone or in person at the Women's Center.
Dexascan Bone Density Tests
The Women's Center also offers bone densitometry/ DEXA scans to determine bone mineral or bone strength. Osteoporosis is a disease that depletes the minerals from our bones, making them brittle, weak and easy to break. Bone densitometry allows for earlier detection of the demineralization process as compared to conventional x-rays.
For more information on any of the services listed above, please call the Women's Center at (706) 802-3575.