Digital mammography and enhanced bone density scanning services to be offered
Scott & White Healthcare has announced construction has begun on a new Women’s Center at its Taylor hospital located at 305 Mallard Lane. Once the center opens, women in the Taylor and surrounding communities can take advantage of additional services, including digital mammography and bone density scanning. The new Women’s Center is slated to open this Fall and patients will no longer have to drive to Austin or Round Rock for clinical screening services.
Digital mammography has never been offered here before, so introducing this service allows us to continue delivering the highest quality care in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer to Taylor and the surrounding communities,” said Kevin Smith, chief operations officer at Scott & White Hospital – Taylor. “It further demonstrates our mission to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time.”Digital mammography is the same as traditional film mammography, but faster. A radiologist can process and retrieve images faster, and they’re more detailed. “Because digital mammography is ‘filmless,’ nothing has to be developed,” said Michael Do, M.D., a radiologist at Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock. “Images are analyzed on a monitor and stored electronically.” Mammograms at the new Women’s Center will be read by board certified radiologists specializing in breast imaging.
At the new Women’s Center, Scott & White Hospital – Taylor will utilize tele-radiology where a patient’s imaging in Taylor can be viewed immediately by the Scott & White – Round Rock radiology team who determines if follow-up diagnosis or treatment is needed.
Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) or bone densitometry, is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. DXA is today’s established standard for measuring bone mineral density. Bone density is used to diagnose osteoporosis, a common factor in hip and spine fractures.
“If a patient requires follow-up care, Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock is only 30 minutes away,” said Smith, who is also a trained radiology technician. Additionally, a Scott & White patient’s electronic medical record can be read from anywhere within the System, so patients don’t have to request their records be transferred to another facility.
“Scott & White is continuing its commitment to Williamson County to provide the most comprehensive and highest quality health care available,” said Ernie Bovio, CEO of Scott & White Healthcare – Round Rock. “Thanks to the generosity of local philanthropic support, we’re able to bring this new technology to our patients and we continue to keep future enhancements in Taylor top-of-mind.”
Additional construction will include a new hospital Lobby.
About Scott & White Healthcare – Round Rock Region
Scott & White Healthcare – Round Rock Region (roundrock.sw.org) serves residents of Williamson and Travis counties, including the Austin/Round Rock metropolitan area. Our facilities include Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock, Scott & White Hospital – Taylor and 14 additional primary care and specialty clinic locations in Burnet, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Hutto, Pflugerville, Round Rock and Taylor. More than 120 Scott & White physicians provide care to approximately 46,000 residents. Scott & White Clinic – Taylor has served the local and surrounding community for 25 years.