Partnering with you for breast health
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women. Davis Regional Medical Center provides helpful services to educate women on breast health, and encourage self-exams and routine screenings. We utilize highly sophisticated imaging technology that can detect breast cancer at the earliest stages, when treatment can be most effective. The combination of highly trained, caring technologists and the latest imaging technology allows us to deliver the highest quality of care.
The Mammography Department is accredited by the American College of Radiology and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Our mammography services also meet all required standards by the MQSA (Mammography Quality Standards Act) and the North Carolina Department of Environment, Health and Natural Resources. Mammograms are performed by technologists who are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in Mammography. Mammography services are available on a scheduled basis, with afterhours and weekend appointmens available.
Mammography is an X-ray exam of the breasts used to screen for or diagnose breast cancer. Davis Regional Medical Center offers state-of-the-art digital imaging technology for mammograms. With digital technology, radiologists can zoom in on particular areas or change brightness or contrast for even greater visibility, and results can be read immediately. It offers numerous benefits to women, including:
- Improved accuracy of screening exams, especially for women with dense breast tissue.
- Less radiation exposure.
- Superior image quality, reducing the need for repeat exams.
The Mammography Center at Davis Regional periodically undergoes extensive Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) inspections by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Inspections ensure that the hospital is compliant with the requirements for the regulation of radiation protection as well as all required quality processes.
For more information on the Digital Mammography services at the hospital, or to schedule an appointment, call Davis Regional One Call Scheduling at (704) 838-7390.
The regular hours of operation for scheduling of CT Scanning services are 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday through Sunday.
Emergency scanning services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. CT Scanning services include, head, chest, abdomen, pelvis, sinus, extremities, biopsies, aspirations, joint injections, necks, spines, IAC’s, and facial bones. For your convenience, patients or procedures requiring IV conscious sedation will be arranged by the Imaging Department.
Along with mammography, breast MRI can be an effective diagnostic tool. Breast MRI is often used for women who are at greater risk of developing breast cancer or who have dense breast tissue or implants — cases in which mammography is less effective at detecting abnormalities. This technique offers a more comfortable experience for women, and is used to:
- Assess the extent of breast cancer.
- Determine the effectiveness of chemotherapy or radiation therapy during breast cancer treatment.
- Further evaluate abnormalities that were found during a mammogram or clinical exam.
- Provide additional detail for treatment planning.
Our MRI hours of service are Monday - Friday, 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Call Davis Regional One-Call Scheduling at (704) 838-7390 to schedule an appointment.
Breast ultrasound (sonography)
A breast ultrasound is often used to further evaluate an abnormality found during a mammogram. Ultrasound allows doctors to see the area closest to the chest wall, which can be difficult to see using mammography. This technology also helps doctors determine whether a breast lump is filled with fluid (a cyst) or is a solid mass.
Ultrasound services are available on a scheduled basis, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. The technologists are on call after hours and weekends for emergency scanning.
When a lump or abnormal area is detected during screening, a biopsy can determine whether cells are cancerous. Advanced imaging technology — such as MRI, mammography or ultrasound— can be combined with minimally invasive techniques to obtain tissue samples. Davis Regional Medical Center offers digital stereotactic biopsies, and women can choose to be seated or lying down during the procedure for maximum comfort.
To schedule a mammogram or other screening exam, please call (704) 838-7390.