Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln's Imaging Services provides state-of-the-art imaging delivered by professionals certified in radiology technology who often specialize through advanced training in mammography, ultrasound or MRI services. CMC-Lincoln offers a full range of diagnostic procedures including X-rays, ultrasound, nuclear medicine scans, mammography, CT and MRI.
The following services are provided at CMC-Lincoln:
- Radiography (X-ray)
- Digital Mammography
- Computerized axial Tomography (CT)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Bone Densitometry
- Comprehensive X-ray services
- Nuclear imaging
- Vascular Ultrasound
To provide Lincoln County women with the most advanced breast care technology, CMC-Lincoln utilizes the GE Senographe Digital System System, the latest in technology breast cancer detection system designed to improve the quality and comfort of mammograms. The system produces high quality images that allow for better visualization of breast tissue, aiding in the early detection of breast cancer. Early detection has been shown to dramatically increase the survival rates of women afflicted with this deadly disease. This advanced system also includes features that reduce procedure times and improve patient comfort.
The American Cancer Society's most recent estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2010 are:
- About 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
- About 54,010 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer)
- About 39,840 women will die from breast cancer
The American Cancer Society has developed guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer in women who are not having breast symptoms:
- Women 40 years of age and older should have a mammogram every year and a clinical breast exam (CBE) performed by a healthcare professional every year. They also have the option of performing a breast self-exam (BSE) every month. The CBE should be conducted close to and preferably before the scheduled mammogram.
- Women aged 20-39 should have a clinical breast exam by a healthcare professional every 3 years and have the option of performing breast self-exam every month.
- Women at high risk (greater that 20% lifetime risk) should get a mammogram every year. Ask your doctor if you are high risk
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 980-212-1400 (Lincolnton) or 980-212-7075 (Denver).