Women’s Diagnostic Center Services
Digital Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) Mammography
CRMC’s Women’s Diagnostic Center offers comprehensive breast imaging and health education services specifically designed to meet the unique needs of women of all ages. Whether you are receiving a screening mammogram or a diagnostic mammogram to pinpoint a problem, rest assured that you will receive the highest quality of care from our registered mammographers.
Some of the benefits of Computer-Aided Digital Mammography
- CAD enhances the digital mammography system to make it an even more powerful weapon in the war against breast cancer
- Acts as a second set of eyes to support and enhance the radiologist’s judgment
- Studies have shown that CAD can detect up to 19.5% more breast cancers
- May reduce the incidence of false negatives
- Further reduces repeat exams
- Studies indicate that using the CAD on the Seno 2000D marked 92% of microcalcifications
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Cullman Regional Medical Center’s Women’s Diagnostic Center now offers women faced with a suspicious mammogram or small breast lump a less invasive, outpatient breast biopsy option. The procedure is done with the Mammotome® Breast Biopsy System, a minimally invasive breast biopsy device that allows biopsy of suspicious tissue through a tiny incision in less than an hour with a quick recovery.
Breast biopsies that typically qualify for this procedure include:
Breast biopsies that do not typically qualify for this procedure include:
- a suspicious solid mass
- microcalcifications - a tiny cluster of small calcium deposits
- a distortion in the structure of the breast tissue
- an area of abnormal tissue change
- a new mass or area of calcium deposits located at a previous surgery site
- lesions accompanied by diffuse calcium deposits scattered throughout the breast
- lesions near the chest wall or skin
- If the mammogram shows only a vague change in tissue density but no definite mass or nodule
Breast Ultrasound - NEW
An ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within the body. The new ABUS (Automated Breast Ultrasound System) has been clinically proven to increase breast cancer detection by up to 35.7 percent. The ABUS is approved by the FDA for breast cancer screening in addition to mammography for asymptomatic women with dense breast tissue and no prior interventions. Click here to see the full announcement
Bone Densitometer - NEW
Measures bone density and compares a patient's bone quality to that of a "young adult" at peak bone strength to determine a person's risk for fracture and can indicate osteoporosis.
Patient Care Navigator
We know the fear and anxiety that may arise between tests, in addition to the frustrations of navigating a complex healthcare system, which is why our Patient Care Navigator is here for you. She serves as a patient advocate and will help you gather information, understand medical technology, organize appointments and work with physicians, hospitals, insurers and a support network to make sure you receive the best care in a timely manner.
Bosom Buddies Support Group
This group is a joint Support Group of the American Cancer Society and Cullman Regional Medical Center which offers support to individuals and those affected by breast cancer. The group typically meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6 pm in the Ave Maria Room in CRMC's Community Education Center in POB II. For more information, contact coordinator Linda Pannell at (256) 636-5460. Click here for a list of upcoming Bosom Buddy Support Meetings.