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Expectant moms, take note. While you are tested for a number of things during your pregnancy, from iron deficiency to gestational diabetes, one of the most important tests comes towards the end of your 40 weeks.
Allison Breast Center mammograms – more comfort, less worry
Mammograms don’t have to be uncomfortable, time-consuming experiences that subject patients to high levels of radiation, and anxiety wondering when test results will be delivered and what they will reveal.
Instead, Allison Breast Center in Richmond offers patients what it calls “the more comfortable mammogram,” utilizing the most advanced mammography imaging available, and a spa-like setting that almost makes patients forget they’re at a medical facility.
Traditional mammograms can be uncomfortable and even hurt because the imaging sequence requires the breast to be held for a long time and compressed. Those drawbacks have been reduced significantly using the Philips MicroDose Mammography digital system because breast compression is reduced significantly compared to other systems, resulting in increased comfort and a better experience.
Better images and diagnoses, with less radiation
Increased comfort isn’t the most important consideration when it comes to mammography, nor is it the only benefit this new mammography system delivers. Philips’ full-field digital mammography system offers excellent image quality while exposing patients to dramatically reduced radiation levels – as much as 75 percent less – than traditional imaging systems.
“Using unique, photon-counting technology, these FDA-approved imaging machines enable us to find more stage zero cancers than is possible with comparable digital machines,” Gillian Bigg explains.
What our patients are saying
Even with the improved comfort levels and enhanced image quality that come from using the MicroDose system, many Allison Breast Center patients say what’s important to them – both for schedule convenience and anxiety reduction – is the fact that they review their results with a physician before ever leaving the facility. There’s no waiting or wondering for days about test results or whether additional follow up tests are needed. Patients instead are in the door and back out within 30 minutes, taking with them the knowledge and peace of mind needed for better health.
Allison Breast Center is a continuous supporter and sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Little Kickers, and River City Charities.
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Technology, social media, and abundant information make having a healthy pregnancy and preparing a mother’s body for the rigorous road ahead seem easier. However, a lingering concern for some women is whether or not they will develop gestational diabetes.
Whether you are a man or woman, an adult or a child, old or young, you have probably been touched by breast cancer. It may be your mother, aunt, sister or friend who has suffered, or perhaps you have been personally affected. Among the more than 3 million women in the U.S. who have breast cancer, many serve as inspirations to us all.
Virginia Women’s Center and Radiology Associates of Fredericksburg offer breast cancer screening and diagnostic services under one roof to give patients access to cutting-edge technology.
Emily Sills was 29 years old, and she wanted to have a baby. She had tried for more than a year and was frustrated and concerned. Her physician, Corinne Tuckey-Larus, MD, an Ob-Gyn with Virginia Physicians for Women in Richmond, put Sills and her husband through several tests. All the results were negative. So what was wrong?
Breast cancer is an equal opportunity killer.
It doesn’t discriminate. Class lines are not important to breast cancer. It has no color distinction; it observes no geographic barriers, no age limits, no income brackets.