St. Mary's Women's Imaging Center
St. Mary's Women's Imaging Center is a freestanding facility located one-half mile (see map) from St. Mary's Regional Medical Center. It offers women a comprehensive range of imaging, biopsy and nursing services, including:
- Digital mammography (breast cancer detection)
- Breast ultrasound (breast cancer detection)
- Bone density assessment (for fracture risk due to osteoporosis)
- Breast biopsy (ultrasound, fine needle, sterotactic)
- Resources for breast cancer patients
Learn how a mammogram changed, and likely saved, Spring Halper's life.
Digital mammography, also called full-field digital mammography (FFDM), is a system to detect breast cancer or other abnormalities. It is replacing traditional x-rays with electronic pictures of the breast. These mammography systems are similar to those found in digital cameras. The images the radiologist reviews are sharper and clearer than film x-rays and the patient's mammogram requires a lower dose of radiation. The radiologist reviews and stores the mammograms on a computer. The woman's experience during a digital mammogram is almost identical to the one she would have during a film mammogram. The only difference she might notice is that her mammogram is now available to her on a compact disc (CD) rather than on a large piece of film.
Ultrasound is a noninvasive, non-radiation examination that uses sound waves to detect disease and locate possible abnormalities in breast tissue. Ultrasound systems at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center are designed to provide doctors with precise images for efficient diagnosis of breast problems. The system enables the physician to perform high-resolution panoramic imaging or 3D scanning in real time.
Bone Density Testing/DEXA
Bone densitometry, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry or DEXA, uses a very small dose of radiation to produce images of the spine and hips to measure bone loss from osteoporosis to assess a person's risk for developing fractures. Osteoporosis is a disease of aging that causes bone loss. As many as half of all US women and a quarter of US men 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis, according to the National Institutes of Health. If you are a woman over 50, and particularly over 65, ask your doctor if you need a DEXA scan.
St. Mary's Regional Medical Center performs breast biopsies (used to check breast tissue for cancerous cells) using various methods. The newest procedure, vacuum-assisted breast biopsy, uses a minimally invasive system in which the doctor uses mammography (sterotactic-guided biopsy) or ultrasound to locate the suspcious area. He or she then makes a tiny incision in the breast and uses a small probe with a vacuum to gently draw, cut and collect tissue into the probe's hollow chamber. This biopsy technique enables several samples to be acquired at the same time; a local anesthetic is used. The biopsy is usually completed in less than one hour and patients go home with a small adhesive bandage. With fine needle aspiration (FNA), there is almost no scar at all. A local anesthetic injection is used to numb the breast. The doctor then uses a thin needle to remove a sample of cells from a suspicious area. This method is used when the doctor can feel the lump, and can guide the needle into place without mammography or ultrasound.
Breast Cancer Resources
We have an American Cancer Society Resource Room where patients can choose from a selection of wigs, turbans, hats and other head coverings — free of charge. You'll also find brochures, pamphlets and other educational literature from the American Cancer Society to help you better understand your diagnosis and the treatment journey.
Location and Contact Information
The St. Mary's Women's Imaging Center is located at 316 W Owen K Garriott Rd, Enid, OK 73701. Call us at 580-249-3770 to make an appointment or to learn more about our services.