Dr. Judy Dean Visits KCAL9 Studios to Discuss Dense Breasts
This past Friday, August 15th, Dr. Judy
Dean and “Dangerous Boobs” founder Chiqeeta Jamison stopped by KCAL9 studios to
spread the message about dense breast tissue. The Dangerous Boobs mission is
based around education and awareness, hence the coined phrase “each one, tell
one.” Their hope is that every woman who learns about the importance of dense
breasts shares that information with at least one other person, in a kind of “pay
it forward” initiative.
For women with dense breasts, mammography alone is
simply not enough. Luckily, there are other options such as tomosynthesis (3D
mammography) and automated whole breast ultrasound, procedures which are both
offered by the Santa Barbara Women’s Imaging Center.
To view the full video of Dr. Dean’s KCAL9 visit, click here
SB Women's Imaging Center Clarification
We would like to clarify statements
made in the article “3-D Mammograms” published in the Santa Barbara News Press
on July 8, 2014. The article gives the impression that we perform 3-D
mammograms for $95 flat. However, to clarify, first we bill insurance that we
are contracted with and accept what the insurance pays in addition to a $95 fee.
If a patient does not have insurance or has an insurance we do not participate
with, the fee is $315 ($365 for implant cases). We apologize for any confusion this
may have caused. For more information or any other questions, please call us at
805-560-8111 or visit www.sbwimaging.com.
Pueblo Radiology and 3-D Mammography
There has been a lot of good news recently regarding the value of 3-D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis. This breast imaging technique has been available in Santa Barbara at our affiliated office, the Santa Barbara Women's Imaging Center (SBWIC) since January 2013. We have been very pleased with the results in improving breast imaging quality and accuracy. One misconception in the public media is that 3-D mammography doubles the radiation dose for mammography; albeit this dose still falls within safe exposure limits. Read more...
Shifting Era: Utilizing Technology to Improve Patient Experience
At the beginning of this year, Pueblo Radiology partnered with Health Companion to bring patients a free, easy and secure way to access their health information. By using a secure login PIN provided at the time of your appointment, patients have the ability to upload their previous medical records, view their visit summary within 24 hours and their imaging results 5 days after their appointment. The goal was to improve patient experience and communication while keeping up with the digital revolution. Nowadays, you can use your smart phone to guide you to the newest, hip restaurant while simultaneously skyping your friend half way across the world. So where does health care fit into all of this? These technological advances have patients asking – how can this benefit access to my health information? Read more...
Pueblo Radiology and Judy Dean M.D. Affiliation
On January 1, 2013 Dr. Judy Dean and Pueblo Radiology affiliated and created the Santa Barbara Woman's Imaging Center, located at Dr. Dean's current office at 1525 State Street.
Our first project is bringing breast tomosynthesis to the central coast. This cutting-edge technology promises to improve mammographic accuracy in detecting breast disease while reducing the number of callback examinations. From the woman’s perspective, the exam is similar to a regular mammogram. However, the resulting images are no longer in 2D, but instead a 3D volume of the breast which aids the radiologist in evaluating the overlapping and complex structures of the breast, especially in the presence of dense breast tissue.
Other services at the center include DEXA for bone density assessment and breast ultrasound. Breast ultrasound includes whole breast screening in addition to localized and focused scanning for areas of concern. For patients needing breast biopsy services, our office will continue to offer stereotactic and ultrasound-guided biopsies and aspirations.
Breast MRI imaging and biopsy and wire placement / localization examinations will be handled at our main office at 2320 Bath Street. Additionally, our Bath Street location will continue to provide screening and diagnostic breast imaging, breast ultrasound, and breast biopsy / aspiration services.
We encourage you to call and schedule your next appointment at one of our two offices. Our goal is to exceed your expectations in a professional, pleasant, and discreet office environment.