Bedford Memorial Hospital has some of the most advanced imaging technologies available. So, when your doctor prescribes an imaging procedure to diagnose a health issue, there is no need to travel to a larger hospital. You can count on a quality scan that will help your physician provide the treatment you need. Whether it’s a regular screening like a bone density scan or an advanced CT scan, we’re here to give you the care you need, close to home.
Bone Density Testing
• Bone density is a screening test that evaluates your bones’ health
• Bone density allows your doctor to determine how to prevent disease or treat your bones
• The exam is quick and easy, only taking about 30 minutes
Osteoporosis: the Silent Disease
Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease in which bones become fragile and are more likely to break. If not treated, osteoporosis progresses painlessly until bones break. Women are at higher risk for osteoporosis. Of the 44 million Americans with osteoporosis, 80 percent are women. Talk to your doctor today about your bone health. Call Bedford Memorial Hospital at 540-587-7806 to make a bone density appointment.
A computed tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays to make detailed pictures of structures inside the body. It can be used to study the body inside, including the liver, pancreas, intestines, kidneys, adrenal glands, lungs, heart, blood vessels, bones, and the spinal cord.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. In many cases, MRI gives information that cannot be seen on other scans like X-rays.
A mammogram is a radiograph of breast tissue. It is an effective, non-invasive means of examining the breast, used commonly to search for breast cancer. Breast cancer is not preventable, but early detection leads to a much higher chance of recovery and lowers the death rate from this disease.
Is it Time for Your Mammogram?
Good health is important for all women in our community, and we would like to take this opportunity to remind you that:
• All women are at risk for breast cancer – even those who have no family history of the disease
• The two greatest risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and growing older
• Survival rates are highest for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, when the cancer is small and has not spread
•Getting annual mammograms beginning at age 40 is the best tool available for earlydetection
The American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines suggest:
• Annual mammograms starting at age 40
• Clinical exam annually at age 40 and over
• Clinical exam every three years during your 20s and 30s
• Breast self-exam is an option beginning at age 20
Early diagnosis is key when it comes to surviving breast cancer.
That’s why a simple, 15-minute procedure called a mammogram should be performed each year. Mammograms can show abnormalities too small to be detected by self-exam.
And the earlier a change in the breast is detected, the greater the chance for cure. With the community’s only full-time radiologist dedicated to mammography imaging and women’s breast health, you can now receive the results of your screening mammogram within just 48 hours. So if you are age 40 or over, or 35 and have a family/personal history of breast cancer, call 587 3245 to schedule your mammogram. It may be the most important call of the day.
Just for Me Program
The Just for Me Program is aimed at encouraging women 40 years old who never had a mammogram to make an appointment. If a women has either inadequate or no insurance, she will receive the procedure free of charge.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of your soft tissue organs. Ultrasound images at Bedford are recorded digitally and read by the radiologist. Diagnostic ultrasound imaging is commonly called sonography or ultrasonography. Some types of ultrasounds performed at Bedford are:
With a pelvic sonogram, the uterus and ovaries are visualized. The sonogram may help explain findings from the manual exam or provide additional information.
In an abdominal examination, ultrasound produces images of the major organs, including the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, and large blood vessels. There are many reasons for examining the abdomen with ultrasound. Among the more common reasons are:
• Upper and lower abdominal pain
• Abnormalities that may be present in the abdominal organs
• Evaluate the nature of a mass
• Evaluate the enlargement of the liver or spleen.
• To determine the cause of kidney failure
The most common reason for having an obstetric ultrasound examination is to help your doctor determine when your baby is due or to make sure your baby is growing as it should.
Bedford Memorial Hospital has some of the most advanced computerized diagnostic radiography imaging technologies available. So, when your doctor prescribes an imaging procedure to diagnose a health issue, there is no need to travel to a larger hospital. You can count on a quality scan that will help your physician provide the treatment you need. Whether it’s a regular screening like a bone density scan or an advanced CT scan, we’re here to give you the care you need, close to home.