First "Women-Only" Imaging Facility in Southern Maryland

Posted on: 04/20/2009

RIA Offers First "Women-Only" Imaging Facility

Radiology Imaging Associates is pleased to announce that final preparations are being made to introduce a dedicated women’s imaging facility in May 2009 in Waldorf, Maryland. The new RIA Women’s Imaging Center at Pembrooke will be the first of its kind in southern Maryland, offering a more comfortable, private and relaxed experience for women having mammography, DEXA and sonographic imaging. This dedicated women’s imaging center will be located within the Pembrooke Square Medical Center campus and is an expansion of RIA’s current imaging suite that offers MRI, PET/CT, CT, Nuclear Medicine, and X-ray.

The additional facility will offer a more soothing and tranquil environment for women waiting for sometimes stressful exams. Comfortable seating, coffee/tea service, and a more tranquil décor will all lend to a more relaxing environment for women.

“As we design this space, not only are we considering our state of the art technology, including all digital mammography, we are also paying special attention to the aesthetics and layout,” stated RIA’s Medical Director, Dr. Joseph P. Finizio. “We are looking at a variety of elements that create a more tranquil and private environment and a pleasant patient experience. And we are responding to the requests of female patients who have a specific expectation when selecting healthcare providers.”

RIA’s breast imaging capabilities have also been enhanced this year to include full field digital mammography at all of its southern Maryland locations. Digital mammography provides a more detailed image than previous analog mammograms, showing greater clarity of image. Digital mammography can also be more comfortable as if offers more evenly distributed compression.

Dedicated Breast MRI is also available and growing in demand as an important cancer detection tool, particularly for those who have multiple risk factors. High-field strength MRI ensures the best image quality, and the recent acquisition of CAD technology allows RIA’s ACR Board certified radiologists an extensive set of additional image analysis and interventional planning tools to support early and more accurate diagnosis and treatment. The CAD provides an automatic “second reading” of each mammogram. For areas of concern that are only detected with MRI, RIA has the capability to provide MRI guided biopsy, in addition to sonographic and/or stereotactic guided breast biopsy

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