Once patients have reached the mammography suite, which features our new Fuji Cristalle 3D mammography, the patient will be greeted by one of our three American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) board certified mammographers who will guide the patient through the mammography experience. Whether the patient is here for her routine annual screening or a diagnostic mammogram, Rhonda, Shelly or Christine will explain all aspects of the mammogram. Diagnostic imaging may include additional mammographic images as well as a possible breast ultrasound that may need to be done, either as the result of being called back by one of our American Board of Radiology certified radiologists or if a patient presents with a breast problem. Our mammographers are well experienced and extremely compassionate and passionate about women’s health care. It is their responsibility to provide patients with the highest level of care while providing the radiologists with the highest quality of mammographic images.
If one of our radiologists determines that a diagnostic mammogram patient needs a breast ultrasound, one will be performed on our brand new Philips Epic 5 ultrasound machine by either Cyndi or Allesia, who are both certified under the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARMDS). The breast ultrasound is performed directly after the mammogram has been reviewed by one of our radiologists. Both Cyndi and Allesia have a wealth of experience in ultrasound imaging making them an important asset in the women’s imaging team.
All diagnostic mammogram patients have the opportunity to have the results of their exam explained to them in our consultation room by one of Northern Radiology’s radiologists. If the radiologist believes a breast biopsy is warranted, the biopsy can be performed same day, next day or at a time that is convenient for the patient. Breast biopsies can be performed either with ultrasound or done as a stereotactic breast biopsy performed in the mammography suite. Regardless of the approach, biopsies are performed by our caring and experienced Radiology Special Assistant (RSA) Adrienne Haskins under the direct supervision of the radiologist. Ms. Haskins performs the biopsies with members of our women’s imaging team, such as the ultrasound or mammography technologists and with our nurse Kristie, who is always ready to take care of our patients with a loving embrace.
At Northern Radiology we are proud to offer the women of the North Country a truly comprehensive experience. From being the first imaging facility in Jefferson County to offer both a large bore 3T mri and 3D mammography, to being certified by the American College of Radiology in Mammography, Ultrasound, Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to having a newly designed women’s imaging center, we’ve been taking the important steps to move into the future with our patients. We want our community to realize that the highest level of quality imaging and compassionate care is right here in the North Country, where we’ve been for over 70 years, taking care of our community.