Based on your symptoms, your doctor will let you know which imaging scans and tests you need and why. Together, you and your doctor will discuss the possible risks and benefits of any recommended tests. You will also discuss how to prepare for women’s imaging and testing and what to expect during each one.
In many cases, you may have to wait a few days to get your test results. Your doctor will share your test results with you during a follow-up appointment and discuss any appropriate next steps.
Available women’s imaging and testing services at Dignity Health include:
- Bone density scan, a low radiation imaging test that checks bone health
- BRCA (breast cancer gene) testing, to determine whether or not a woman with risk factors for breast cancer has a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, which increase her chance of developing breast and ovarian cancer
- Breast biopsy, the removal and examination of tissue to diagnose or rule out breast cancer
- Breast MRI, a test used to screen for breast cancer, or to follow up on an abnormal mammogram or breast ultrasound
- Stereotactic biopsy, a type of breast biopsy that uses mammogram technology to pinpoint the spot to be biopsied
- Ultrasound guided biopsy, which uses ultrasound imaging to guide the biopsy needle to a precise location
- Colposcopy, which can directly see precancerous and cancerous lesions on the cervix
- Cone biopsy, a surgical procedure used to screen for and treat cervical cancer and cervical dysplasia
- Gynecological ultrasound, or the use of ultrasound (sound waves) to see and evaluate the female reproductive organs
- Pelvic ultrasound, which is done by moving an ultrasound probe over the skin of the lower stomach or pelvis
- Transvaginal ultrasound, which uses an ultrasound probe that is inserted into the vagina
- Laparoscopy, a procedure that allows health care providers to see inside the body using a lighted scope, which is inserted into the body through tiny incisions
- Pelvic laparoscopy, the use of a laparoscopy to see the organs inside the pelvis
- Mammography (3-D digital), a high-resolution X-ray of the breast used to look for breast cancer
- Pre-surgical needle or wire localization, a procedure used to mark an abnormal area in the breast during imaging so doctors can quickly and easily find it during surgery.
If you are in need of women’s health care, our doctors at Dignity Health offer individualized women’s services in CA, NV, and AZ. Find a Doctor and make an appointment today.