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Women's imaging


Liberty Hospital Women's Imaging makes the imaging experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Liberty Hospital Women's Imaging offers women a comprehensive range of imaging, biopsy and nursing services, including 3-D mammograms, breast ultrasound and breast MRI, bone density assessment, breast biopsy and resources for breast cancer patients.

Imaging services

  • 3-D mammography
  • Screening mammograms by appointment only during COVID
  • Same-day results
  • Same-day services, including additional imaging, if needed
  • Pathology results personally called to the patient by radiology
  • Second opinion consultation
  • Friendly staff and highly skilled technologists
  • Easy access and parking

Screening exams available

  • Mammogram (patients do not need a doctor's order).
  • Ultrasound and breast MRI (at the discretion of your doctor).
  • Bone density.

If further testing is needed, we also can perform the following tests:

3-D mammography

What is a 3-D mammogram?

Is 3-D mammography for me?

  • 3-D mammograms provide the best opportunity to catch breast cancer at its earliest stage when treatment is most effective.
  • Studies show an increase in breast cancer detection rates with 3-D mammography, especially for women with dense breast tissue.
  • The radiologist views breast tissue images in 1-millimeter slices, looking very carefully for anything that might require further testing.
  • 3-D mammograms reduce the need to call patients back for additional views to evaluate suspicious areas seen on an initial exam.

Who reads my mammogram?

Amy Patel, M.D., a fellowship-trained breast radiologist, interprets the majority of mammograms at Women's Imaging. She is part of a team from Alliance Radiology who provides this service.

If further testing is needed, we also can perform the following tests:

  • Diagnostic mammogram (requires a doctor's order).
  • Diagnostic ultrasound.
  • Mammographic, ultrasound and MRI-guided wire localizations.
  • Ductography/galactography.
  • MRI-guided breast biopsy.
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy.
  • Ultrasound-guided biopsy.
  • 3-D guided mammography biopsy.

Second opinion

If you started your breast care journey at another facility, our fellowship-trained breast radiologist, Dr. Amy Patel, is available to review your imaging and provide a second opinion. Just tell your doctor you want a second opinion, and your doctor will request a formal consult.

Breast cancer resources

Ashley Mayes, BSN, RN, OCN, Nurse Navigator, is available to:

  • Assist all newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and acts as a consistent resource to patients and their families.
  • Serve as patient educator and advocate, guiding patients and their families through the cancer diagnosis and treatment process.
  • Facilitate rapid scheduling and care coordination for further testing and follow-up after breast cancer is diagnosed.
  • Coordinate a multidisciplinary conference where patients' cases are reviewed by specialists to discuss treatment options.

In addition to the exceptional service offered at Liberty Hospital Women's Imaging, the following resources may be helpful:

Bone density screening

Are you at risk for developing osteoporosis or osteopenia? The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that people with risk factors as well as women aged 65 or older and men aged 70 or older have a bone density test to find out.

"A bone density screening at Liberty Hospital Women's Imaging is quick, easy and painless, and patients may even remain fully dressed," says radiologist Christine Keesling, M.D.

The bone density screening at Liberty Hospital Women's Imaging uses a Central DXA machine that uses very little radiation to capture images of the lumbar spine and hips.

The test measures bone density to predict the risk of osteoporotic fracture during the next 10 years. People at risk of osteoporosis or osteopenia have a greater chance of fracturing these bones, and that can lead to more serious problems including longer recovery times and disability.

Medicare and many commercial insurance plans cover bone density screenings every other year for those over age 50 or after menopause. If osteoporosis is found, medications may be prescribed to help stimulate bone density growth.

Bone density screenings at Liberty Hospital Women's Imaging may be scheduled by a doctor's referral only. Most primary care physicians will recommend one for patients who fit the criteria.

Bone density loss has a variety of causes, including:

  • A medical condition such as an auto-immune disorder.
  • Medications such as long-term use of steroids.
  • Poor nutrition.
  • Height and body size—petite people are more at risk for developing osteoporosis.

"Staying active and fit can decrease your risk of developing osteoporosis, because you'll use your bones more than a person with a sedentary lifestyle," says Dr. Keesling.

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