Video – Mammogram at ARA’s Women’s Imaging Center – Austin Radiological Association

Video – Mammogram at ARA’s Women’s Imaging Center – Austin Radiological Association


The Women’s Imaging Center is one
of fourteen of our locations and we specialize in women’s imaging. All of our patients are greeted by a
patient care advocate as they walk in the door that tries to set the tone for
their visit on a friendly, positive note. Our patients are escorted to a private
waiting room where we assist them with their paperwork and any other special
needs they may have during their visit. As soon as the patients is called back for her exam she
is called back by her technologist that’s going to be performing her exam. So they’re not passed around to several
different staff members. We make that one-on-one personal connection from the very beginning and all the way to the end of the exam. One of the things we like to provide for
our patients is privacy. We provide them with private dressing areas while they’re changing and prepping for
their exams. We have private dressing areas. We
provide them with robes to place over their gowns so they can stay warm. We have blankets, we serve coffee–anything to make the patient comfortable while she’s
waiting for her exam. This is one of our six digital mammography units, so this is just your standard
digital mammography equipment. Prior, the tech would have to place the
film in the receptor but now it’s digital. So we have the computer screen here so that the technologist can see her images instantly. One of their benefits about that is we can tell
if we have good films. If the patient has taken a breath during the exposure and we have motion, need to repeat the film, anything like that,
we can check it for technical issues and we know instantly if we need to take a repeat film or not. The American College of Radiology, the American Cancer Society and many other national and international
organizations have concluded over the years that with no particular risk factors a woman should begin annual screening mammography at age forty. As to the reason why a woman should
choose Austin Radiological Association–we have put together a dedicated, small team
of breast imagers all of whom have had fifteen to twenty plus years of
experience. Well, studies have shown that women who did not have any breast symptoms may have a better chance of being cured from breast cancer if they have a breast cancer detected on
a mammogram before it becomes evident as any type of symptom such as a breast lump. This is a wonderful facility– ARA Women’s
Imaging Center–we have doctors, and x-ray technologists, mammogram and ultrasound
technologists who are dedicated to breast health. We have years of training and
experience in working with women who have breast symptoms, in diagnosing
breast cancer and other types of benign breast disease. Many of the staff here
who have had family members with breast cancer, even
had experiences of their own — we give you that personal touch all the
way through the visit.

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