Medical Imaging Northwest | Women's Imaging

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.

When 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 and discretion.

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....
Testing 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...
Our 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...
As 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:

Mammography 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 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.

Occasionally, breast MRI is ordered to confirm or further evaluate an abnormality that appears on a mammogram or other test. The American Cancer Society states that breast MRIs should be done in imaging centers that provide biopsies regularly. Diagnostic Imaging Northwest radiologists have expertise in the art of breast 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?
The 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.

ACS Guidelines:
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 mammography
  • 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 cancer
  • 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

We 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.

Mammograms 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.

"Traditional" 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.

Osteoporosis 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 treatment.

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