Women's Wellness Center at Medical City Dallas
Built by women for women, the Women’s Wellness Center at Medical City specializes in breast and gynecological cancer diagnosis and treatments. Our all-female staff averages 15 years of tenure, and each member has sub-specialty training in mammography. We don’t just look at an occasional mammogram between MRI or CT scans: we review mammograms day in and day out. And unlike those at many other facilities, our imaging technologists are located on the same campus as the physicians and surgeons making final recommendations on care. By working together, we help ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment. In many instances, we are able to provide our patients with detailed examinations and exact diagnosis on the same day they are referred to our offices.
Counselors at Medical City are available to help women deal with the psychological effects, as well as the resulting physical effects of breast and gynecological cancer. Staying positive, maintaining a strong identity and feeling feminine are important to staying healthy.
Mammograms at Medical City Dallas
It is important for all women 40 and over to have an annual mammogram. Those with a family history of cancer should start even sooner. A screening mammography is an x-ray exam designed to detect suspicious masses in the breast tissue when they are still too small to be detected by a woman or her physician. Early detection of breast cancer greatly improves the chances for successful treatment.
Now Offering 3D Mammography
We are pleased to now offer 3D mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis. It's a breakthrough technology poised to revolutionize how breast cancer is detected today. 3D mammography finds cancer earlier and smaller than 2D mammography alone. Using 3D mammography and digital mammography together for screening has proven to reduce patient “call-backs” by 20-40%.
- 3D mammography allows doctors to examine your breast tissue one layer at a time.
- 3D mammography uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers, or “slices,” building what is essentially a three-dimensional mammogram.
- Reviewing breast tissue slice by slice allows the radiologist to view breast tissue in a way never before possible.
- 3D mammography is used in conjunction with 2D mammography.
Region of interest - 2D mammogram image slice
Same region of interest - 3D mammogram
Full Service Abdominal, Breast and OB/GYN Ultrasounds
An ultrasound creates an image of the body using sound waves, so there is no need for radiation or injected or swallowed dyes. It also helps assess the solid or liquid nature of some masses detected by mammograms. An ultrasound is especially helpful in the detection of cysts in women with dense breasts. It’s also useful in guiding biopsy or needle localization of lumps that can’t be felt or that are hidden in areas difficult to detect with only mammography. Transvaginal ultrasound scans give physicians a better view of pelvic structures, particularly during the early and late stages of pregnancy.
Stereotactic and Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy
Less than one-third of suspicious-looking shadows found on routine mammograms are actually cancerous. Stereotactic needle biopsy, an outpatient procedure, allows our specialists to remove and accurately diagnose small pieces of tissue from the breast without surgery. During the procedure, patients lie on a special examination table while x-rays and a computer identify the exact location of the tissue. Then physicians inject a local anesthetic, make a small incision and take a tiny tissue sample. It’s a minimally-invasive procedure that gives our patients maximum peace of mind.
Breast MRI and CADstream
Magnetic resonance breast imaging , also known as a breast MRI, is the latest technique used to diagnose breast cancer. It allows breast images to be taken in any plane and from any orientation, so it is especially helpful for women with dense breast tissue. It is also highly sensitive to small abnormalities that are sometimes missed by other exams and can show whether small tumors are present in several areas of the breast. CADstream is the first computer-aided detection (CAD) application designed exclusively for an MRI. With automated image processing functions and corrections for patient movement, CADstream results in more standardized analysis, higher image quality and more rapid interpretation of the MRI.
Bone densitometry measures the bone mineral and density content of the spine, wrists, hips and femur, the most common fracture sites for women with osteoporosis.
Conventional x-rays don’t reveal problems until at least 30 percent of bone mass is lost, which is too late for treatment to be of any benefit. Our state-of-the-art bone densitometry equipment is much more sensitive and can detect the early stages of osteoporosis before painful fractures occur. It also reveals the effectiveness of hormone replacement therapy or other medicines that can be used to slow bone loss or rebuild bone.
Reasons why you should have a bone density test:
- You’re over 65.
- An assessment has determined that you’re a high-risk individual.
- Your height has decreased by over 2 centimeters in one year or 4 centimeters overall.
- You have kyphosis (excessive backward curvature of the spine resulting in either a hump or a more gradually rounded back).
- You're taking glucocorticoid medication and want to determine if you’re losing bone mass.
- You suspect a recent fracture could be osteoporosis and you want to make decisions about further diagnosis and treatment options.
- You already have osteoporosis and you and your physician are monitoring the effectiveness of the treatment.