SERVICE TYPES

Women's Health

We Take Pride In Your Health

At Reston Radiology Consultants, we take great pride in the focus and effort made towards women's healthcare. Our staff, consisting of board certified and highly experienced radiologists, registered mammography and ultrasound technologists, are specially trained in the area of mammography and women's imaging, including ultrasound, bone density scanning, and radiographic services. You will receive the finest imaging and health care services coupled with personal and courteous attention.

In addition, we provide MRI breast imaging, MRI guided and ultrasound guided breast biopsies and all forms of transabdominal, endovaginal and hysterosonogram ultrasounds.

 

We offer the following services:

  • 3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis)

  • Digital Mammography

  • Bone (Osteoporosis) Health

  • MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy

  • MR Breast Imaging

3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis)

RRC is excited to announce that both Fair Oaks Imaging Center (FOIC) and Loudoun Imaging Center - Ashburn (LICA) are offering 3D breast imaging (Tomosynthesis). This is the newest technology to date in our fight to detect breast cancer. It, in combination with 2D mammograms will provide more information about your breast tissue. The radiation dose is equivalent to that conventional mammography (a non-digital mammogram). 3D breast imaging will provide our radiologists with more clinical information and may negate a patient's need for additional breast imaging.  Both sites are Pink Ribbon Facilities.

Fair Oaks Imaging Center and Loudoun Imaging Center-Ashburn offer Breast Tomosynthesis (3D mammography). As always, this service continues to be offered at NO out-of-pocket expense for our patients.

Digital Mammography

Digital Mammography is currentlythe best screening tool to detect breast cancer. Its ability to improve image quality witha lower compression force and less radiation allows the patient to have a more comfortable experience than conventional mammography. Much like digital photography, digital mammographycan be enhanced and viewed instantly reducing the exam and turnaround time for results. 

The ACR (American College of Radiology) and the ACS (American Cancer Society)recommend yearly mammograms in conjunction with BSE's (Breast Self Exams) and CBE's (clinicalbreast exams) for all women 40 and older as long as they are in good health.
In addition to digital mammography we offer; 3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis), breast ultrasound, ultrasound guided breast biopsy, stereotactic breast biopsy and MRI breast imaging and guided breast biopsy as needed.

Bone (Osteoporosis) Health

Reston Radiology is committed to preventing and treating osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a medical condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle and commonly results in a fracture in the spine, hip or waist.

To diagnose osteoporosis, assess your risk of fracture and determine your level of need for care, your doctor will most likely order a bone density scan.

This exam is used to measure bone mineral density (BMD). It is performed through the use of dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) or bone densitometry. The amount of x-rays absorbed by tissues and bone are measured by the DEXA machine and correlate with bone mineral density.

Causes of Osteoporosis:

  • Lower levels of bone mass

  • In women with decreased estrogen production during menopause

  • Inadequate intake of vitamin D and calcium

  • Insufficient amount of exercise

Risk Factors:

  • Increased risk of osteoporosis increases with age

  • Women younger than 75 are twice as likely to have osteoporosis

  • Greater risk for those who are Caucasian or of Southeast Asian descent

  • Family history

  • Higher risk for exceptionally thin women or those with small body frames

  • Tobacco use contributes to weak bones

  • Eating disorders

  • Low calcium intake

  • Sedentary lifestyle

  • Excessive soda consumption

  • Depression

  • Chronic alcoholism

MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy

Lumps or abnormalities in the breast are often detected by physical examination, mammography, or other imaging studies. However, it is not always possible to tell from these imaging tests whether a growth is benign or cancerous.

A breast biopsy is performed to remove some cells (either surgically or through a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle) from a suspicious area in the breast and examine them under a microscope to determine a diagnosis. Image-guided needle biopsy is not designed to remove the entire lesion, but most of a very small lesion may be removed in the process of biopsy.

Image-guided biopsy is performed when the abnormal area in the breast is too small to be felt, making it difficult to locate the lesion by hand (called palpation).

In MRI-guided breast biopsy, magnetic resonance imaging is used to help guide the radiologist's instruments to the site of the abnormal growth.

MRI of the Breast

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor, transmitted electronically, printed or copied to a CD. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays).

Detailed MR images allow physicians to better evaluate various parts of the body and determine the presence of certain diseases that may not be assessed adequately with other imaging methods such as x-ray, ultrasound or computed tomography (also called CT, MDCT or CAT scanning).

MRI of the breast is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging. MRI of the breast is a supplemental tool which offers valuable information about many breast conditions that cannot be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound.