|About Women's Imaging
At Diagnostic Imaging Northwest we specialize in
women's health issues and breast imaging. Diagnostic Imaging Northwest serves
the special needs of women using the finest diagnostic and testing services, in
a comfortable, relaxed environment.
it comes to health care, we understand that women have special issues and
concerns. Because of this we have provided a convenient, private environment
for women, where all of the testing and diagnostic needs are met with comfort
We are located in three
convenient locations in Puyallup and Bonney Lake
and offer the kind of diagnostic and imaging services that can make the difference
whether maintaining or regaining your good health.
Fully Digital Technology....
and diagnostics play a vital role in your overall health. That's why we offer
advanced technology including digital mammography, sophisticated breast and
obstetric ultrasound, bone density measurement (DEXA) for osteoporosis
detection, and more. You can be assured that the women's specialists at
Diagnostic Imaging Northwest understand the vitally important role that
diagnostics, testing and early detection play in maintaining a woman's overall
health. We are committed to providing advanced diagnostic imaging technologies.
Services for women...
compassionate technologists are specially trained to provide services that you
need in a skilled, yet reassuring and comforting manner. Take to heart our
promise of providing you with care in an environment that is technologically
sophisticated, as well as supportive and comfortable.
Specific services available...
diagnostic centers that are tailored especially to the unique needs of women,
Diagnostic Imaging Northwest provides an unparalleled array of testing services
for all kinds of conditions that can affect women. All three centers of
excellence are accredited by the American
College of Radiology
(ACR). These services include:
is the cornerstone of good breast health. That is why we partner with close to
14,000 women each year, allowing each to count on us for annual mammogram
reminders, the latest technology available, qualified staff and timely results.
In April 2007, the American Cancer Society (ACS) at www.cancer.org recommended new guidelines for
breast health screening. A Mammogram is recommended every year for women
who are 40 or older and they should continue
to do so for as long as they are in good health. While mammograms can miss
come cancers, they are still a very good way to find breast cancer. When you
consider that early diagnosis is the best treatment for breast cancer, digital
mammography is indeed a life-saving advancement in technology.
Digital mammography uses
advanced equipment and computer technology to capture and save a mammography
image electronically. That might not sound like a big deal - but the truth is,
digital mammography allows physicians to enhance the image and search for tiny
abnormalities where they may have been missed before.
In other words, digital
mammography can reveal smaller abnormalities far sooner than traditional
mammography would have shown them - and possibly years before they would have
become noticeable in a self-exam.
Women might be happy to know
that digital mammography is faster that the traditional test. And because the
images are saved electronically, digital mammography allows for faster transfer
of images between doctors in our network - so additional professional opinions
are just a few keystrokes away.
Be assured that our
mammography services are among the most accurate and advanced available. Among
these offerings is the use of a computer assisted detection (CAD) system called
CADStream, which minimizes the possibility of false negative readings during
the review of screening mammograms.
breast MRI is ordered to confirm or further evaluate an abnormality
appears on a mammogram or other test. The American Cancer Society
states that breast MRIs should be done in imaging centers that provide
Diagnostic Imaging Northwest radiologists have expertise in the art of
MRI, ultrasound guided biopsy as well as stereotactic biopsy, needle
localizations and MRI-guided biopsies. We
are a qualified center.
Who should have a Breast MRI
with their mammogram?
American Cancer Society states that certain women with an especially high risk
of developing breast cancer should get magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans
along with their yearly mammogram.
Women who are considered to be at especially high risk meet at least one
of the following conditions:
They have palpable masses not visualized with ultrasound or
- They have a BRCA1or BRCA2 mutation
- They have first-degree relative (parent, sibling or child) with BRCA1
or BCRA2 mutation, even if they have yet to be tested themselves
- Their lifetime risk of breast cancer has been scored at 20-25% or
greater, based on one of several accepted risk assessment tools that evaluate
family history and other factors
- They had radiation treatments to the chest between the ages of 10 and 30 for Hodgkin's Disease or similar
- They have Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Cowden syndrome, or
Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome, or may have one of these syndromes based on
a history in a first-degree relative
- Two or more close relatives with breast or ovarian cancer (or both)
which are genetically linked to breast cancer. Close relatives include a mother,
sister, grandmother, aunt and half-sister
- Male relatives who have had breast cancer
STEREOTACTIC BREAST BIOPSY:
took traditional surgical biopsy and replaced it with Mammotome® technology
that's far more comfortable, as well as extraordinarily accurate. This
stereotactic method uses digital images of the breast to guide a biopsy needle
to the precise location of a suspected tumor. It's a highly sophisticated
procedure that minimizes risk and discomfort. Also, it eliminates the need for
general anesthesia, large incisions and extended recovery time.
and other women's procedures might, at times, require additional testing to
confirm or clarify prior diagnostic results. Ultrasound can be a highly efficient
technique for identifying breast lesions.
ultrasound images provide a grainy, fuzzy picture - but they've been the best
way physicians had to look inside the body. Diagnostic Imaging Northwest offers 4D (it
stands for "four-dimensional," the fourth dimension being real time)
ultrasound. This advanced ultrasound system provides incredibly detailed
live-action images of internal body structures and, as a result, gives
physicians and sonographers a far better means of analyzing a fetus or
virtually any internal organ or tissue.
affects about half of all women age 50 and over. DEXA scan technology is an
accurate, painless and quick way to measure bone density. And, if necessary, it
helps radiologists to recommend the best course of prevention or