State-of-the-art: Terricca Glasford, supervisor of mammography and Joylin Isaacs, a mammographer, prepare a client for a mammography screening. *Photo supplied
State-of-the-art: Terricca Glasford, supervisor of mammography and Joylin Isaacs, a mammographer, prepare a client for a mammography screening. *Photo supplied

The Diagnostic Imaging Department at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) offers a full range of screening services for women with an emphasis on health education and a focus on service excellence and patient satisfaction.

Women are now able to obtain the health tests and information they need in one facility.

We also use all-digital imaging, the fastest and most accurate way to view images. This means you and your physician receive results quickly.

Digital mammography

Because our primary goal has always been to deliver the highest quality care to our patients, we have added digital mammography to our women’s diagnostic services. 

Digital mammography uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor, transmitted and stored just like computer files.

With digital mammography the radiologist reviews electronic images of the breast and can adjust the brightness, change contrast and zoom in for close-ups of specific areas of interest. 

Being able to manipulate images is one of the main benefits of digital tech-nology.

Another convenience of digital mammography over film-based systems is that it can greatly reduce the need for retakes due to over or under exposure. 

This potentially saves additional time and reduces your exposure to X-rays.

When it’s time for your screening mammogram, you can feel confident with our experienced, certified and accredited team of radiologists and technologists.

And our onsite radiologists consult directly with your physician.

Breast cancer caught in its earliest stages offers a 90 per cent likelihood for a cure.

Remember that early detection is your best chance for surviving breast cancer.

Stereotactic and ultrasound guided breast biopsy

When a biopsy is the only way to determine whether an abnormality seen on a mammogram is benign, most patients can get an accurate biopsy without the need for an open surgical procedure.

Stereotactic and ultrasound guided breast biopsy — minimally invasive procedures — may be the procedure for you.

One of the greatest benefits of these closed biopsy methods is the avoidance of an open surgical procedure. Your physician can explain the best option for you.

Bone densitometry

When you're concerned about bone loss, bone densitometry is the most accurate way to diagnose early stage osteoporosis in time to begin medical treatment that can prevent further bone loss and possibly rebuild bone.

You can take steps now to prevent the debilitating effects of Osteoporosis.

Ultrasound

If you are pregnant or dealing with pelvic pain or infertility, your physician may order an ultrasound.

Using high frequency sound waves to create an image of soft tissues, ultrasound used during pregnancy shows images of the baby, amniotic sac, placenta, and ovaries.

This is a non-invasive procedure and is usually conducted in about 30 minutes.

The Diagnostic Imaging Department strives to make your experience with us pleasant, comfortable and easy. 

We offer flexible appointments (including Saturdays for MRI and X-ray), walk-in services for X-ray, reminder/follow-up calls and fast, efficient service.

We have two locations for your convenience: King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (all services) and the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre (for X-ray and ultrasounds between 8am and 4pm, Monday through Friday).