Piedmont Comprehensive Women's Center is a special place, where you will feel both nurtured and well-informed. Our goal is to make your mammogram or osteoporosis screening experience as comfortable as possible, and to help guide you to the answers to your personal health questions.
Routine Screening Mammography
The American Cancer Society recommends an annual mammogram after the age of forty, and sometimes testing at an earlier age for those women with specific risk factors. At the Piedmont Comprehensive Women's Center, we provide expert mammography readings by dedicated breast imaging physicians. Our nurse/educator offers personalized education about breast health and instruction on self-examination.
Accurate Diagnosis and Evaluation
Piedmont Comprehensive Women's Center offers the latest diagnostic techniques and provides timely, accurate evaluation of any breast problem. Should the results of a screening mammogram, clinical breast examination or breast self-examination raise concern, additional imaging capabilities such as diagnostic mammography and ultrasound are available, interpreted by highly trained and experienced physicians.
Coordinated, Individualized Treatment Options
Piedmont Comprehensive Women's Center's team of experienced physicians, including surgeons, oncologists, gynecologists, urologists, endocrinologists and radiologists, will share a complete range of treatments for breast cancer and other breast disorders with you and your primary care physician. Depending on the results of your diagnostic testing, they may discuss surgical intervention, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and/or hormone therapy options.
Osteoporosis Screening – A Crucial Preventive Tool
Approximately 50% of women over the age of fifty have osteoporosis, which puts them at risk for bone fracture. Unfortunately, many women with osteoporosis have no symptoms until a bone fracture occurs. Piedmont Comprehensive Women's Center offers DEXA bone densitometry, a highly accurate method for evaluating the health of your bones, and your risk for osteoporosis. A bone densitometry exam measures your bone mineral density and compares it against a normal population of women who are the same age, weight and ethnic background. Your physician can use this information to diagnose your bone status and fracture risk, and decide if any treatment is necessary. Once therapy for osteoporosis has begun, DEXA scans are used to follow the result of the treatment. Experts believe that women should begin to have DEXA bone densitometry at about the same time they begin to have mammograms.
Preparing for Your Visit
Piedmont Comprehensive Women’s Center is on the second floor of the Cornerstone Health Care at Westchester building, so you will want to enter the building through the front entrance, facing Westchester Drive. You will check in at the central reception area on the second floor. Once you are checked in, you will be invited to make yourself comfortable in the PCWC “ladies only” lounge area until you are escorted to a changing room. After your mammogram, if further conversation is required, you will meet with the doctor or our breast care nurse educator in a private consultation room. At the end of your visit you are free to leave. You do not need to check out. If this is your first time visiting the Cornerstone Health Care at Westchester building, we suggest that you plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment to allow yourself time to familiarize yourself with our new location.
New Advances in Women's Health
Good things are happening in all areas of women's health due to increased awareness, funding and research. Using the newest available techniques, doctors are able to diagnose cancers and many other serious diseases earlier. Specifically, new advances are being made every day in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, giving us all hope for the future. At Piedmont Comprehensive Women's Center, you have the opportunity to take an important step in managing your own health.