Women's Imaging Center
Our Women's Imaging Center brings the latest imaging technology including
digital mammography, DEXA bone density scans, and stereotactic biopsy
techniques – all together in one place. Because preserving a woman’s
breast health is all we do, we bring unique expertise to every aspect
of education and diagnosis.
Queen of the Valley was recently awarded a Three-Year Accreditation in
Mammography by the American College of Radiology. The ACR gold seal of
accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient
safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines
and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified
physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.
Located on the 2nd floor of the Wellness Center, our Women's Imaging
Center (also known as the Breast Center) brings unique expertise to every
aspect of breast health.
Our board certified team of radiologists, surgeons, plastic surgeons and
pathologists are among the country's most respected. This combination
of unmatched expertise, remarkable convenience and the most advanced diagnostic
procedure available today – has made us the first choice of women
in the area.
In addition to our intense focus on clinical care, we facilitate several
support groups that assist patients who need help with the emotional burden
of serious illness. The weekly cancer support group and Bosom Buddies,
a breast cancer support group, provide patients and their loved ones a
positive environment to share feelings and concerns. See the Classes and
Events calendars for dates and times.
Mammograms are provided at no cost and/or reduced cost for under-insured
and uninsured women through a partnership between California's Breast
Cancer Early Detection Program and the Queen of the Valley Medical Center.
For more information call 257-4047.
Three Questions You Should Ask Before Choosing a Women's Imaging Center
First, ask about the history and reputation of the breast imaging center in
the community. At the Women's Imaging Center, the professionals are
also dedicated members of our community. The people you have come to know
and trust are the same ones responsible for our excellent reputation.
Our professional level of care and compassion is hard to beat.
Second, ask about who will be performing your exam. A mammographer is a registered
and licensed technologist who has specialized training in taking breast
x-rays which are read by the radiologist to make a diagnosis.
Third, ask about the center's certification. A breast imaging center is
required to be licensed by the FDA. The Women's Imaging Center at
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a fully accredited facility that
allows patients to stay near home in Napa Valley and still receive state-of-the art care.
Digital Mammography with CAD Technology
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is proud to be able to offer the latest
in technology to our community. Due to the generous contributions of the
Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation, we continue to provide
the latest in imaging technology, such as digital mammography, which is
available in the nation's top medical facilities.
Every mammogram at the Women's Imaging Center is reviewed by one of
our skilled radiologists. To aid in their search for breast abnormalities
each mammogram is also reviewed by a computer designed to search for abnormalities.
This technology is referred to as Computer-Assisted Detection (CAD).
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DEXA Bone Density Scans
(Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry)
A DEXA bone density exam provides an estimate of the strength of your bones.
Calcium and additional minerals are constantly being added to and taken
away from bone. When minerals are taken away faster than they are added,
the bones become lighter, less dense, and more porous. This makes the
bones weaker and increases their risk of fracture.
Since your bone density cannot be determined from an ordinary x-ray, special
bone density tests are performed to estimate what bone strength is and
screen for people who are at risk for developing osteoporosis.
Our DEXA system uses a small amount of X-ray, equivalent to one-tenth
the amount associated with a chest X-ray, while you lie on a comfortable
table. Measurements are taken in the spine and hip areas.
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Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Stereotactic breast biopsy is a procedure that extracts core tissue samples
from abnormalities discovered during a mammogram. This procedure uses
a computer to guide the physician in placing a needle at the targeted
area for multiple core samples. We have a dedicated stereotactic breast
biopsy machine and skilled staff.
Because early detection offers the best chance of survival, the services
located in the Women's Imaging Center give local women a convenient
option for preventative care.