TOMS RIVER, NJ, AUGUST 22, 2008 – Community Medical Center has opened a comprehensive Women’s Imaging Center at 368 Lakehurst Road in Toms River. In addition to on-site digital mammography, ultrasound and DXA scans for osteoporosis, the center offers free parking, a pleasant environment, convenient hours and quick service.
Mary Tesoriero, administrative director of Radiology Services at Community Medical Center, said, “We know that women today have very busy schedules. Families, work and outside activities can take up a lot of time, pushing those important health tests farther and farther to the back of the calendar. With our new Women’s Imaging Center, we’ve aimed to remove all of those barriers of time and inconvenience so more women will schedule tests such as mammograms and DXA scans.”
At the new Women’s Imaging Center, women can park free in the large parking lots adjacent to the building. The entrance to the center is located in the main lobby. “Pre-registration over the phone is available to patients before they even arrive for their test saving them time when they arrive,” Tesoriero said. Quick service by a dedicated female staff will have patients in and out in no time, she said. Mammograms and DXA scans can be scheduled together.
Diagnostic studies at the Women’s Imaging Center are performed by highly trained, licensed and certified female technologists, and are reviewed by board-certified radiologists. Ultrasound studies and DXA scans are also read by board-certified physicians who are specialists in their field. Nurse educators are accessible to provide valuable information to patients regarding breast self-exams, women’s health issues, and access to additional resources.
The Women’s Imaging Center utilizes computer-aided detection (iCAD®) for all patients having mammograms. The iCAD System highlights areas for the radiologists to review. This new technology has been shown to assist the radiologist in identifying suspicious areas. A board-certified radiologist then independently reviews each patient’s mammogram, providing the most accurate reading possible.
Sonography, or ultrasound, is an imaging method that uses sound waves. This is available for patients who are referred by their physicians. Following a diagnostic mammogram, the radiologist may request an ultrasound of the breast to fully evaluate an abnormality identified on a mammogram. The sonogram can be performed before you leave the center. Other forms of ultrasound, such as gynecological, abdominal, obstetrical and small parts including the thyroid and neck are also available.
In addition, the center is equipped with a sate-of-the-art DXA (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) machine, the most sophisticated bone imaging technology available. This machine accurately measures bone mass and assesses an individual’s risk for developing osteoporosis and its subsequent fractures. Treatment recommendations from our radiologists are included in each report to the referring doctor.
The Women’s Imaging Center is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Most insurances, including Medicare, are accepted. To schedule an appointment, call (732) 557-8150.
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