The new Skagit Imaging Pavilion features the latest in several diagnostic imaging modalities including 3D Genius mammography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Ultrasound, Computed Tomography (CT) and Stereotactic biopsy.
The building, a central, convenient location with ample parking, features high ceilings, natural light and a private, yet spacious feel for the patient.
Here is a summary of the imaging services and equipment in the Skagit Imaging Pavilion:
MRI: Siemens Magnetom Sola
An MRI is a safe and painless way to get a detailed three-dimensional picture of the organs and structures of the body using a strong magnetic field. Because these images include details of softer tissues, MRI is often used to look for disease or infection, to examine the organs or check for soft-tissue damage in the joints. MRI can also create a 3D image of the brain or heart.
CT: Siemens Somatom Definition Edge
CT is an advanced form of X-ray imaging that uses a computer to combine many X-rays into one, detailed image to provide information on bones and soft tissues. This “64-slice” CT takes X-rays as the body passes through the ring of the scanner and reconstructs the layers of data into detailed images that may show the angle of a fractured bone or the size and shape of a mass or stone.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of the organs, blood vessels and other body structures. Ultrasound is fast, safe and does not require ionizing radiation. A Doppler Ultrasound, which measures the pitch of ultrasound waves, allows providers to check how blood is flowing in the veins and arteries and can be used to check a baby’s blood flow during pregnancy.
Hologic 3D Genius Mammography and SmartCurve System.
The new 3Dimensions Genius system is designed to provide higher quality images and a more comfortable mammography experience for patients, regardless of age or breast density. According to Hologic, the Genius system detects 20 to 65 percent more invasive breast cancers. The SmartCurve Breast Stabilization System, above, provides a curved compression surface to offer a more comfortable patient experience.
Breast biopsy: Hologic Affirm Breast Biopsy Guidance System
A breast biopsy is a procedure to remove a small sample of breast tissue for further testing to determine whether it is breast cancer. The Breast Biopsy Guidance System works in tandem with the new 3D Genius Mammography System to pinpoint subtle lesions and faint calcifications in the breast. The technology is fast and efficient, streamlining the exam process and reducing radiation exposure.