At the Firelands Regional Medical Center's women’s health and wellness center, we understand the unique healthcare concerns of women and are dedicated to meeting their specific diagnostic needs. Employing a women-centered approach to health care, our total care program includes screening, diagnostics, education and consultation. We are proud to bring to the area the highest quality of care for prevention and early detection of breast cancer.
Firelands Regional Medical Center Main Campus is the region’s only medical facility designated as a breast imaging center of excellence, assuring you a higher standard of care. We provide the area’s first state-of-the-art digital mammography, and the latest in image-guided breast biopsy. Besides, we are fully accredited in digital mammography, breast ultrasound, stereotactic breast biopsy, ultrasound-guided breast biopsy and breast MRI.
An annual screening mammogram is recommended for all women age 40 and over. The goal of screening mammography is to detect cancer when it is still too small to be felt. If the patient has a strong family or personal history of breast cancer, or if there are any noticeable changes, a diagnostic mammogram may be performed.
Using high-frequency sound waves to visualize the breast, breast ultrasound is most commonly used to evaluate abnormalities, such as cysts or solid masses. This procedure is helpful in evaluating lumps that can be felt but are difficult to see on a mammogram.
This biopsy uses stereotactic guidance or computerized imaging of the breast from different angles to determine the precise location of an abnormality. This biopsy is performed using a local anesthetic. Benefits of this less-invasive biopsy include minimal scarring and immediate return to normal activities.
Until recently, osteoporosis often went 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, painless 10-minute scan, minimal radiation is used to determine the bone density of the spine, hip or wrist.
This ultrasound visualizes the structures of the pelvic area. There may be two parts to this exam—the first, moving a transducer over the pelvic area, and the second portion, placing a specialized transducer internally to provide finer detail of the reproductive organs and pelvis.
If your physician has ordered lab work, you can have your blood drawn in the woman’s health and wellness center. Simply present your lab work orders when you arrive for your other services.