SAN MARCOS, TX
– Although Schertz resident Dierdre Doyle volunteers for a breast cancer organization and knows the life-saving benefits a mammogram can offer, she never took the time to get one until last month. Tune into K-SAT 12, San Antonio’s ABC affiliate, on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. to see the special story that was filmed in Central Texas Medical Center’s (CTMC) Mammography Suite, where CTMC Radiologist Dr. Swearingen reviews Dierdre’s images on the spot.
Unlike most facilities, if a radiologist detects a suspicious finding at CTMC, we will perform additional views and/or perform ultrasound images of the area before the patient leaves rather than calling them to return for additional imaging. When breast cancer is detected in its earliest stages, the chance for successful treatment is much greater.
“By doing the extra views and perhaps ultrasound imaging while they are still here, it prevents the anxiety – and in some cases panic – when a patient is called to return for more imaging because the Radiologist has identified a suspicious finding in their mammogram,” said CTMC Medical Imaging Director Bob Jones.
In 2011, mammography at CTMC experienced a significant upgrade. The Mammography Suite provides a spa-like atmosphere that helps patients like Dierdre feel comfortable. The state-of-the-art mammogram system, The GE Essential, offers the type of high quality imaging required for early detection. CTMC’s CAD system searches for abnormal areas of density, mass, or calcification that may indicate the presence of cancer and highlights these areas on the images, alerting the radiologist to the need for further analysis.
Breast cancer rates are second only to skin cancer among women. According to the American Cancer Society, women in good health should begin scheduling annual mammograms at the age of 40. This age can vary depending on family history of breast cancer. To schedule a mammogram at CTMC, call (512) 753-3661
. For more information about CTMC’s Women’s Services, visit www.ctmc.org.
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010 and again in 2011, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.