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Women's Diagnostic Center

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Women's Diagnostic Center

Conveniently located directly across from West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, the Women's Diagnostic Center offers women the full range of imaging services all in one location. With free parking, extended office hours and a caring, compassionate staff, the center represents a tremendous resource for women in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas.

Under the leadership of a highly experienced medical director, the center is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and is staffed by highly trained clinical mammographers. The center also has its State of California and U.S. Food and Drug Administration certificates. Mammography films are read by Board certified radiologists. Patients who need further care have direct access to specialists at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center. The American College of Radiology (ACR) has accredited West Hills Hospital in six imaging modalities.

Specialized Services

At the West Hills Women's Diagnostic Center, our focus is on Women's health - particularly breast and bone health. Here is a list of specialized services offered at our center:

Mammography
This is a low-dose x-ray examination of the breast. A screening mammography is typically done on patients who do not have any symptoms. The goal of the screening mammography is to detect cancer when it is still too small to be felt by touch. Screening mammography usually involves two views of each breast. Diagnostic mammography may be performed when a woman has a breast complaint, for example a breast mass or nipple discharge, or has had an abnormality found during screening mammography. Annual screening mammography is recommended for all women over the age of 40. Based on a woman's history, it may be recommended that annual screening mammography begin at an earlier age.

iCAD Program
If you have breast cancer knowing as soon as possible can make all the difference. Our Second Look Comptuer Assisted Detection system acts as a "second pair of eyes" for the radiologist, often finding cancers earlier by digitizing and analyzing mammograms for potential areas of abnormality. This breakthrough technology allows you to get a second opinion without a second procedure and dramatically improves the detection of breast cancer early on, which can save your life.

Ductography
This is a test that is often helpful in determining the cause of nipple discharge. With this x-ray technique, a fine plastic tube is placed into the opening of the duct into the nipple. A small amount of contrast medium is injected, which outlines the shape of the duct on an x-ray image and will show whether there is a mass inside the duct.

Breast Ultrasound
This imaging method uses high-frequency sound waves to visualize the breast. Breast ultrasound is most commonly used to evaluate breast abnormalities that are found at screening or diagnostic mammography or on physical exam. Breast ultrasound can also be helpful in evaluating some lumps that can be felt but are difficult to see on a mammogram, especially in the dense breasts of young women.

Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration
If mammography raises a significant suspicion of cancer, a biopsy is needed. Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration uses a very thin needle to remove fluid and tiny fragments of tissue. The needle is precisely guided to the correct location via ultrasound. It is reassuring to know that 85% of breast lumps are non-cancerous.

Ultrasound-Guided Core Biopsies
This technique uses a slightly larger hollow needle to remove a cylindrical piece of tissue from the breast. Again, the needle is guided to the correct location via ultrasound. Local anesthesia is used during the procedure to minimize discomfort, and no stitches are needed.

Stereotactic Core Breast Biopsies
The past decade has seen dramatic improvements in breast biopsies, which removes tissue from within the breast to determine whether or not cancer is present. The new advancements mean that patients can receive a definitive diagnosis through a simple, minimally invasive procedure that involves a small incision into the skin with no stitches. Using stereotactic guidance (x-rays from two angles), the area of concern is located in the breast. The radiologist, injects local anesthesia and then inserts a small probe, through an incision about the size of a matchhead into the breast. Through gentle vacuum, the probe draws tissue into a hollow chamber. The exam takes just about an hour to complete. The patient goes home with a small adhesive strip to cover the incision.

DEXA Scan
Until recently, osteoporosis (bone loss) was often undiagnosed, progressing silently over the years, until a fracture occurred. With the development of Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) scan, early diagnosis is possible and fractures associated with this disease can be prevented. In this safe and painless 10-minute scan, minimal radiation – less than 1/20 of a chest x-ray – is used to determine the bone density of the spine, hip or wrist. All of our DEXA diagnostic technologists are highly skilled professionals who are certified in the field of radiology and receive continuous training in bone mineral analysis.

Pelvic and Abdominal Ultrasound
The center offers pelvic and abdominal ultrasounds for diagnostic purposes. This non-invasive imaging method uses high frequency sound waves to visualize the pelvic and abdominal area.