We believe women deserve highly specialized diagnostic services in a compassionate environment created especially for them. The Women’s Imaging Center at Orange City Area Health System is designed to provide high quality imaging and screening in a comfortable, quiet, and private suite.
We know that your primary concern is quality care and true peace of mind. Our skilled technologists and board certified radiologists – combined with advanced, state-of-the-art equipment and technology – promise accurate, timely results of your imaging studies and bone density screenings.
So relax. Enjoy a cup of gourmet coffee and some dark chocolates. Find comfort in the private waiting area, and let us know how we can continue to serve you better … at all stages of life.
Digital Mammography – because you deserve the best for early detection
Mammography is a type of diagnostic imaging that uses low-dose x-rays (radiographs) to examine breasts. Mammograms are used as a screening tool to detect early breast cancer in women experiencing no symptoms and to detect breast disease in women experiencing symptoms such as a lump, pain or nipple discharge. Orange City Area Health System is pleased to be a Pink Ribbon Facility, offering full-field digital mammography to produce the highest quality images for advanced, earlier detection. Be sure to ask your doctor about the advantages of digital mammography for your breast health at all stages of life.
Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers by showing changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Our family physicians and radiologists follow the current guidelines from the American Cancer Society (see right). Talk to your healthcare provider about what is right for you. Call us today at 737-2000 to schedule your screening mammogram. We offer full field digital mammography for the highest imaging quality and rapid results. We also use the MammoPad® breast cushion – a soft, foam pad that helps minimize discomfort in a screening mammogram.
Diagnostic mammography is used to evaluate a patient with abnormal clinical findings – such as a breast lump – that have been found by the woman or her doctor. It may also be done after an abnormal screening mammography in order to determine the cause of the area of concern on the screening exam.
Bone densitometry, also called Dual Energy Xray Absorptiometry (DEXA) is an advanced form of x-ray womens3technology used to measure bone loss. It is the standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD). DEXA is frequently used to diagnose osteoporosis.
Ultrasound imaging – also called ultrasound scanning or sonography – obtains images of internal organs by sending high-frequency sound waves into the body. The sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. These images often provide information that’s valuable in diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions.
Screening Mammogram Guidelines
The American Cancer Society recommends these screening guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer for women with average risk:
• Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so.
• Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
• Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every two years, or can continue yearly screening.
• Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.
• All women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations, and potential harms linked to breast cancer screening. They also should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast changes to a healthcare provider right away.
Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive health system encompassing four family medicine clinics, sports medicine clinic, behavioral health clinic, award-winning hospital, birth center, surgical center, radiology and laboratory services, occupational health services, specialty outreach services, physical and aquatic therapy, home health and hospice, a retirement community, and a senior care center. The health system campus – designed with privacy and total healing as its foundation – is situated on 37 acres, including a pond with fountain, a healing garden, and a field of prairie grasses and wild flowers adjacent to the PuddleJumper Trail.
A team of family medicine providers, along with dedicated nurses, medical specialists, and 500 support staff, are committed to serving the region with the Core Values of Integrity, Commitment to Excellence, Dedicated Colleagues, and Extraordinary Customer Experience. Orange City Area Health System has been named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation, one of “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know” in the U.S., and a Women’s Choice Award recipient for Outstanding Patient Experience for three consecutive years.