As women reach menopause, they need to take care of their health. Methodist Mansfield Medical Center has modern tests and technology that can help. Here’s how.
Where mammography is available, should ultrasound be considered a supplemental test?
Ultrasound imaging can be a useful supplemental exam in the appropriate setting. At the Breast Center at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, the fellowship-trained breast radiologist, Magda Rizer, DO, who also serves as medical director, determines if ultrasound is needed to assess suspicious findings on a mammogram. The Breast Center provides comprehensive services all in one location for the patient’s comfort and convenience.
Do mammograms increase the risk of breast cancer?
Mammograms require very small doses of radiation. According to the National Cancer Institute, the risk of harm from this amount of radiation exposure is low, and the benefits of cancer detection with a mammogram significantly outweigh the risk.
What is the most current mammogram technology?
The Breast Center uses 3D mammography in conjunction with computer-aided detection, which is the latest and most accurate technology. To help make the mammogram more comfortable, the Breast Center offers SmartCurve™ Breast Stabilization paddles, which are shaped like women’s breasts to distribute pressure more evenly, while aromatherapy and a tranquil environment help decrease stress and anxiety. Results for diagnostic mammograms are available after the exam so patients don’t have to wait, and the dedicated nurse navigator offers support during every stage of a patient’s journey. To schedule a mammogram, go to MansfieldMammo.com or call214-933-7200.
What are the limitations of mammography and why is it important for women to know about them?
No screening test is perfect, and mammography is no exception. Factors like age or breast density can influence the look of breast tissue on a mammogram, making cancers more or less difficult to identify. In general, screening mammograms are less effective in younger women because they tend to have denser breast tissue. Approximately 5 percent of all breast cancers are not detectable by mammogram. Therefore, it is extremely important to make your doctor and your breast radiologist aware of any changes you notice in your breasts or symptoms you may be having so they can do a more targeted assessment.
What is a stereotactic biopsy?
New developments in technology in recent years have made this procedure more comfortable. Taking a biopsy is very similar to how a screening mammogram is performed. The patient sits in a chair, pictures are taken, and the area in question is numbed with numbing medicine and targeted. A small needle is then used to obtain rice-sized samples of breast tissue.
What should I know about bone density testing?
Bone density testing is very important, particularly for postmenopausal women and patients with a history of spontaneous fracture. At the Breast Center, this quick exam assesses the strength of your bones and your personal risk of bone fracture.
What can you tell me about pelvic floor dysfunction?
If you are one of the millions of women who suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction, specialty trained physical therapists at the Breast Center can help with individualized treatment programs to improve your quality of life.
Treatment includes a hands-on approach to address spinal and pelvic joint dysfunction. Therapists provide one-on-one guidance with external and internal soft tissue release, biofeedback, or electrical stimulation to address muscle weakness and imbalance.
Specialty trained physical therapists with specialized training in women’s health have extensive knowledge about issues directly related to women as they move through different stages of life, from childbearing years to the postmenopausal period. Rehabilitation is provided in a one-on-one setting, and individualized treatment programs are developed in a discreet and comfortable environment.
Here’s what some of our patients have shared:
“I really appreciated how personable the therapist was; it made me feel more relaxed as a first-time mom dealing with postpartum bladder issues.”
My therapist was great! She explained everything in easy-to-understand language and made me feel very comfortable. She helped me so much to understand what I need to do [in order] to do this on my own. I will miss her!”
Don’t suffer in silence; schedule your pelvic therapy appointment at 682-242-3299.
Magda Rizer, DO, is medical director of the Breast Center at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. She completed her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine; residency in diagnostic radiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida; and fellowship in breast imaging from Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is board certified by the American Board of Radiology and also possesses a master’s degree in neuromusculoskeletal medical sciences and education.
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