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Bone Health
Advanced technology is now available that allows for the early diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, a potentially painful and crippling disease that affects millions of Americans, most of whom do not even know that they have a problem. While some bone loss can be expected as part of the normal aging process, osteoporosis is a dangerous disease that occurs when bone loss is so severe it causes bones to become porous, brittle and likely to break.

With the help of a bone densitometry machine (DEXA), medical professionals are able to safely, accurately and painlessly measure bone mineral density. The entire scan takes only minutes to complete, involves no injections or invasive procedures, and patients remain fully clothed. In addition, the new system produces test results instantly.

The radiologist will use the results as well as medical history, lifestyle and diet to determine your risk of fracture. The results may lead to the recommendation of a prevention or treatment plan. The good news is that bone loss is preventable and treatable when detected at an early stage. An individual’s chances of developing osteoporosis are greater if you are female, light skinned, thin or small framed, post-menopausal, have a low calcium intake, have a family history of osteoporosis, have chronic intestinal disorders or have a sedentary lifestyle.

Breast Health
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast offers comprehensive breast imaging and health education services specifically designed to meet the unique needs of women of all ages.

According to the American Cancer Society, the chance of a woman developing breast cancer is about 1 in 8. Thanks to advances in medical technology, breast cancer can be detected at an early, treatable stage. You can take a proactive role in your own health by following the American Cancer Society’s guidelines which recommend an annual mammogram starting at age 40 for average-risk women or 5-10 years sooner for those with a strong family history or genetic predisposition to cancer.

Whether you are receiving a screening mammogram or a diagnostic mammogram to pinpoint a problem, rest assured that you will receive the highest quality of care from our registered mammographers. Sacred Heart utilizes digital mammography systems, which provide numerous advantages, including excellent visibility of the breast, fast generation of images, the ability to magnify and manipulate images to prevent retakes, and less discomfort during compression.

A radiologist will make a timely review, interpretation and report available to your referring physician. Please make sure you bring prior films from other facilities to your exam for the radiologist to compare your current images with previous years’ images. In the event that something is found during the regular mammogram, you may receive additional mammogram images or a breast ultrasound, depending on the findings.

In addition, one of our digital mammography machines is equipped with stereotactic breast biopsy capabilities, which allows the physicians to take a needle core biopsy using a tissue-sampling device guided by either mammography or ultrasound images.

Sacred Heart also offers a magnetic resonance image (MRI) breast coil, which helps enhance the MRI image and has been shown to detect the smallest of breast lesions. An enhanced image allows the radiologist to look inside the breast without having to perform surgery or compress the breast. This procedure can successfully image the dense breast, usually found in younger women and women with breast implants.

An ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within the body. An ultrasound is commonly used to evaluate the abdominal and pelvic organs, breasts, thyroid gland, and blood flow in the arteries and veins. We now offer 3-dimensional and 4-dimensional ultrasound exams --state-of-the-art technology for higher quality images to increase accuracy of diagnosis.

In addition, an ultrasound may be used to guide the minimally invasive collection of a small sample of tissue that will be sent to pathology for testing and diagnosis. This fast, safe and simple biopsy method typically takes only a few minutes to complete, and most women resume normal daily activities immediately following the procedure.

For more information, please call (850) 278-3980.

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