Women's Imaging Center
The comprehensive technical services housed in the M. Dorcas Clark, MD, Women's Imaging Center help to meet Indiana Regional Medical Center's goal of providing mammography care to the women of Indiana County and the surrounding areas.
While proud of its technological advancements, the imaging center distinguishes itself in the region by offering an integrated interdisciplinary team approach committed to compassionate patient care for the approximate 24,400 women in Indiana County who should be receiving mammograms annually. The facility affords a separate private entrance, close-convenient parking, advanced registration; and convenient appointments, all while providing an environment that can help to alleviate some of the stress inherent in these processes.
A library/resource center is available for women seeking information about health care needs.
The center has on staff a full-time nurse navigator who is available for women obtaining services in the center.
3-D Mammography (Tomosynthesis) Now Available at IRMC
We are pleased to announce that we are now offering the Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exam. Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exam, developed by Hologic, Inc., is a worldwide leader in women’s health. Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.
In conventional 2-D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A Genius exam includes a 3-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.
A Genius exam includes both 2-D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis-DIMENSIONAL portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue 1 layer at a time. A Genius exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2-D breast cancer screening exam.
The Hologic system is the only clinically superior breast tomosynthesis system as approved by the FDA. The new system is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. The system allows our radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. This leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for our patients.
Large clinical studies in the U.S. and Europe have demonstrated the positive benefits of a Genius 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exam. The largest study to date on breast cancer screening using the Genius exam was published in the June 25, 2014, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).* Findings include:
- A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers.
- A 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers.
- A 15% decrease in women recalled for additional imaging.
Scheduling: Please call 724.357.7075.
Case #1: Recall reduction
Lesion suspected in 2-D evaluation that is shown in Genius exam to be superimposed tissue.
Case #2: Improved detection
2-D evaluation prompts no suspicion; Genius exam evaluation reveals suspicious lesion found to be cancer.
Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams are available only on the Hologic Selenia® Dimensions® system.
*Friedewald SM, Rafferty EA, Rose SL, Durand MA, Plecha DM, Greenberg JS, Hayes MK, Copit DS, Carlson KL, Cink TM, Barke LD, Greer LN, Miller DP, Conant EF, Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography, JAMA June 25, 2014
Birdie's Closet is a unique boutique that provides a broad base of resources for women diagnosed with cancer. The shop enables women to explore new looks within the safety and familiarity of the center. Birdie's Closet is just fun. Women come to try on hats, wigs and scarves and meet with professional fitters for prosthetics, bras and arm sleeves. Birdie's Closet operates on public donations.
M. Dorcas Clark, MD Women's Imaging Center