Digital Mammography, Bone Density and Other Imaging Services
Women's Diagnostic Services at Rancho Springs Medical Center offers advanced imaging technology for women in Murrieta and surrounding areas of Southwest Riverside County. An all-female staff, including a breast health nurse navigator, work to help women feel at ease throughout the imaging and testing process.
Accredited by the American College of Radiology and certified by the Food and Drug Administration, Women's Diagnostic Services offers the following services:
- Digital mammography
- Stereotactic breast biopsy
- Bone densitometry
- Routine X-rays
Women's Diagnostic Services provides all-digital mammography imaging, which can help detect breast cancer at the earliest stages when it's most treatable.
Digital mammography, also called full-field digital mammography (FFDM), is a system to detect breast cancer or other abnormalities. It is replacing traditional x-rays with electronic pictures of the breast. These mammography systems are similar to those found in digital cameras. The images the radiologist reviews are sharper and clearer than film x-rays and the patient's mammogram requires a lower dose of radiation. The radiologist reviews and stores the mammograms on a computer.
The woman's experience during a digital mammogram is almost identical to the one she would have during a film mammogram. The only difference she might notice is that her mammogram is now available to her on a compact disc (CD) rather than on a large piece of film.
Digital Mammography Advantages
- Sharper, more detailed images than film imaging
- Quicker results as images can be viewed immediately by technologists and radiologists
- Images can be easily and quickly transferred electronically, with no loss of image quality
- Computer technology helps radiologists detect micro-calcifications that may be missed on traditional film mammograms
Bone Density Screenings
Women's Diagnostic Services also offers women bone density testing with the Discovery DXA bone densitometer from HOLOGIC®. Bone density screenings use a small dose of radiation to produce images of the spine and hips to measure bone loss from osteoporosis to assess a person's risk for developing fractures.
Osteoporosis is a disease of aging that causes bone loss. As many as half of all US women and a quarter of US men 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis, according to the National Institutes of Health. If you are a woman over 50, and particularly over 65, ask your doctor if you need a bone density scan. Women have an increased risk of osteoporosis if they have:
- A broken bone caused by normal activities, such as a fall from standing height or lower (fragility fracture)
- Chronic rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney disease, eating disorders
- Early menopause (either from natural causes or surgery)
- History of hormone treatment for breast cancer
- Significant loss of height due to compression fractures of the back
- Strong family history of osteoporosis
Call 951-677-9797 to schedule an appointment with Women's Diagnostic Services. Appointments for bone density screenings (with a physician's referral) and mammograms may be scheduled for the same visit.
Women's Diagnostic Services is located at 25500 Medical Center Drive on the campus of Rancho Springs Medical Center (off the Main Lobby).