Regular diagnostic testing can make all the difference in preventative women's healthcare.
While there are certain tests that all patients of a certain age should have done—like a colonoscopy—particular tests for women are essential.
Mammograms and the Breast Care Center
Mammogram can detect a lump long before it can be felt, which is why it's important for women age 40 and over to have this annual test regularly. Patients with a history of breast cancer in their family should have the test performed earlier under the direction of their primary care physician.
The Breast Care Center, located at Mount Nittany Health - Park Avenue, Imaging, offers digital mammograms, including tomosynthesis, also referred to as “3D” digital mammography, as well as a number of other services for women. Physicians at the Breast Care Center can also perform ultrasounds and needle localizations as well as ultrasound-guided, stereotactic localization and cyst aspiration ultrasounds.
The Breast Care Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology and meets all Food and Drug Administration requirements. All staff are registered in mammography, and all physicians are board-certified radiologists.
Bone Density Testing
Osteoporosis, a condition characterized by a decrease in bone density resulting in fragile bones, is a serious but common health concern, especially among post-menopausal women.
A bone density test is recommended for women who are:
- 65 years old or older.
- Postmenopausal with a fracture or at least one other risk factor besides menopause.
- Considering osteoporosis therapy.
- Undergoing prolonged osteoporosis therapy.
This painless, simple tests provides the information physicians need to foresee bone density conditions before they become serious problems.
Health Break Article
You cannot surprise me. The fact is I have heard it all before. Every excuse women over 40 have for not getting an annual mammogram to screen for breast cancer. Here are some of the most common reasons women site for skipping this important screening. “I am too busy.”Many women are so busy with work and care-giving for their families that they don’t take time to pursue their own health needs. An annual physical, with a clinical breast exam is an important time to schedule cancer and other disease screenings. This is also the time to discuss your family history, as some women younger than 40 should begin screening mammography.“I heard that mammograms are painful.”This is a common misconception. While many women describe the experience as...