Women's Imaging Services

Caring for Women at All Stages of Life

At Adventist Health Lodi Memorial, we know that women have changing needs throughout their lifetimes. We are focused on providing the women of our community with the latest technology for breast imaging in a warm and compassionate environment. We put an emphasis on preventive care to catch any potential problems at the earliest stage possible.

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial provides the latest technology in 2D/3D digital mammography, Breast MRI and Breast Ultrasound diagnostic services, delivered by breast-care specialists and highly trained technologists. Our goal is to partner with you to keep you as healthy as possible—at all stages of life.

Mammography

Breast Health Starts Here

Mammography continues to be the best first line of defense for early breast cancer screening. Adventist Health Lodi Memorial offers the latest technology for 2D, 3D, and Breast MRI diagnostic images so you can get the services that best meet your individual needs.

Women aged 40 and older should have an annual mammogram, regardless of whether it’s 2D or 3D. Women with a family history of breast cancer should consult with their primary care physician about their plan of screening. Mammography is the only test that has been shown in multiple studies to increase early detection of breast cancer.

2D Mammography

A 2D mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast taken with low doses of radiation. 2D mammograms can be used to check for breast abnormalities in women. This type of mammogram is called a screening mammogram. Screening mammograms usually involve two or more X-ray pictures, or images, of each breast.

Our compassionate breast-care specialists will walk you through every step of the test, ensuring that your experience is as comfortable as possible.

3D Mammography

A 3D scan takes a series of X-rays of the breast from different angles and then creates a 3-dimensional image of the breast. The breast is positioned and compressed in the same way as a conventional mammogram. The main difference is that the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast. The images include very thin slices, allowing the radiologist to scroll through images of the entire breast like flipping through pages of a book, providing more detail than previously possible. If there are any issues, the area is more clearly visible because it is no longer obscured by the tissue above and below.

Studies show that this technology increases the early detection of ibreast abnormalities. 3D mammograms have also been shown to decrease the recall rate—the number of women who get called back for additional mammogram views—to evaluate a possible abnormality.

Before Your Mammogram

  • If there is any possibility you are pregnant, inform your doctor or the technologist conducting your mammogram before your exam.
  • Refrain from wearing deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts on the day of your exam.

Breast MRI

Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is primarily used as a supplemental tool to breast screening with mammography or ultrasound. It can be used to screen women at high risk for breast cancer, evaluate the extent of cancer following diagnosis, or further assess abnormalities seen on a mammogram.

MRI uses strong magnets instead of radiation to make very detailed, cross-sectional pictures of the body. An MRI scan takes pictures from many angles, as if someone were looking at a slice of your body from the front, from the side, or from above your head. MRI creates pictures of soft-tissue parts of the body that are sometimes hard to see using other imaging tests. MRI can successfully image the dense breast tissue common in younger women, and it can successfully image breast implants. Both of these are difficult to image using traditional mammography.

One of our highly-skilled, local radiologists will analyze the images and send a signed report to your primary care or referring physician, who will share the results with you.