Expanding Mammography Services
Expanding Mammography Services to Vista Women’s Healthcare
By Jennifer Wilson
You might feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. While working, going to school, running a household and raising children, our health can often take a back seat. Trying to get to appointments for doctor visits, radiologic studies, and lab services all over town can make it even more challenging to stay up-to-date with routine care.
Lexington Medical Center is working to make taking care of ourselves easier and more convenient. Vista Women’s Healthcare, a Lexington Medical Center practice, has begun offering on-site screening mammography at their Gervais Street location, in the heart of Columbia’s Vista.
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, most with no family history or notable risk factors. As with all cancers, an early diagnosis can be the key to surviving a dreaded disease.
“Mammography remains our most effective screening tool for breast cancer,” said Dr. John Moore, a gynecologist at Vista Women’s Healthcare. “We hope that by adding this service, we will increase the number of patients who are able to adhere to the screening guidelines.”
Women should begin yearly mammograms at age 40. Earlier studies are often recommended if there is a significant family history of breast cancer. Your health care provider can assist you in determining when your screening should begin.
Vista Women’s Healthcare becomes the sixth site in the Lexington Medical Center’s network of care to offer mammography. Other locations include the main hospital campus in West Columbia, LMC’s community medical centers in Chapin, Irmo and Lexington, and a mobile mammography van that travels throughout the Midlands.
Vista Women’s Healthcare’s location and accessible, dedicated parking in the Vista makes it a convenient stop for women who work, go to school, or spend time in the downtown Columbia area.
A full-time, certified mammography technologist will conduct the state-of-the-art digital screening study in the practice’s spacious, comfortable radiology suite. A team of radiologists at Lexington Medical Center will promptly read the images and report the results to you and your ordering physician. If your study shows anything of concern, you will be contacted by Lexington Medical Center to arrange additional diagnostic studies or testing at the facility on the main hospital campus. The hospital’s Women’s Imaging Center is rated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and is an American College of Radiology Accredited Facility.
At Vista Women’s Healthcare, creating an environment that serves all of the health care needs of women in one location is a primary goal and part of the larger picture for the practice—one they hope represents the future of well visits for women.
“We are dedicated to creating a medical home for women in the Columbia and Lexington area,” said Dr. Moore. “If you make obtaining care easier and faster, patients are more likely to go get the care they need. That will help women live healthier and longer lives.”
The practice currently includes four gynecologists and a nurse practitioner. They provide complete gynecologic and many primary care services for women in all stages of life. This includes well women preventive exams with pap smears, evaluation of abnormal pap smears and in office treatment of cervical abnormalities. Adolescent gynecology, all forms of contraception, as well as treatment options for menopausal symptoms and incontinence are also available. The physicians are well versed in minimally invasive surgical techniques and offer treatment options for fibroids, abnormal bleeding, endometriosis and pelvic pain. For patients’ convenience, ultrasound, urodynamics testing, bone density, and laboratory services are all on-site.
In addition to Dr. John Moore, the practice includes Dr. Harold Moore, Dr. Kathryn Moore, Dr. Abigail Smith, and nurse practitioner Beverly Summer.
Patients, or their providers, may schedule a screening mammogram with Lexington Medical Center by calling 803.791.2486 and reviewing appointment options. Patients may schedule an appointment with Vista Women’s Healthcare by calling 803.254.3230.