WellStar West Georgia Medical Center offers a wide range of special imaging services just for women, all from the soothing and supportive spa-like atmosphere of the Women’s Health Center. Using the latest in imaging technology, the Women’s Health Center’s radiologist and highly trained and caring staff arm women and their physicians with the information they need to make decisions about their care.
Our specialized diagnostic imaging services for women include digital mammography, offered for both screening and diagnostic purposes, which uses a low dose X-ray system to take images of the breasts electronically, rather than with film. This approach cuts breast compression and scan times in half and allows the results to be read immediately.
If any additional readings are needed, they can be taken right away, instead of having the patient come back for an additional visit. DXA is an advanced form of X-ray technology that is used to diagnose and measure bone loss (osteoporosis) that may occur after menopause. DXA is a painless procedure during which the patient lies on a table while the DXA machine uses low radiation X-rays to determine bone density.
WGMC also recently added a new state-of-the-art MRI suite to its fleet. The GE Optima™ 450w with GEM Suite, an advanced system from GE Healthcare designed to help maximize comfort for patients undergoing MR exams.
The new MRI enables WGH radiologists to perform breast MRIs, which previously were not available in the west Georgia region. Breast MRIs, which typically are performed following a breast biopsy and cancer diagnosis, help determine the extent of a patient’s breast cancer.
The Optima includes a 60-inch TV and mood lighting to comfort patients undergoing imaging, as well as the ability to play personal music during a session for further comfort, with video requiring an Apple iPad® and music requiring an Apple iPod®, iPhone® or iPad.
The machine's Silent Scan takes away the previous “pounding” sound, allowing for reduced patient anxiety while being scanned. The regular sound of an MRI can register above 100 decibels.
Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to produce visual images of the breast, pelvic area, heart, abdomen, vagina, and thyroid. Physicians read these images to look for potential problems such as heart disease and fibroids and to check the status of fetal development. This procedure uses X-rays or ultrasound to guide the physician in placing the needle when taking a sample of breast tissue. This technique allows a larger sample of tissue to be removed than with standard needle aspiration biopsy.
3 Dimensional (3D) and 4 Dimensional (4D) ultrasounds use the same safe, ultrasonic sound waves like regular ultrasounds to create images of your baby in the womb. 3D ultrasounds create a three-dimensional photo-image of your baby, and 4D ultrasounds create a live video version of your baby. 3D and 4D Ultrasounds are not typically used to diagnose problems with your baby, but are considered keepsakes to capture the special moment of seeing your baby for the first time.
For more information or to schedule a 3D or 4D Ultrasound, call West Georgia OB/GYN at (706) 882-8128.
Breast Needle Localization is a diagnostic procedure in which a mammogram and special wire are used to identify the location of abnormal breast tissue; once the site is identified, the tissue is removed by a surgeon.
For more information, call the Women's Health Center at (706) 880-7411. Mammograms can be scheduled by calling (706) 845-3000.
Women's Health Center
1420 Vernon Road
LaGrange, GA 30240