Women's Imaging

Women's Imaging Center

At Westlake Hospital, we understand how busy you are, and we value your time as well as your health. That’s why we offer easy scheduling and a convenient suburban Chicago location in Melrose Park. Appointments are available six days a week, and with a written order from your doctor, you can generally get in for an appointment within 24–48 hours. Give yourself ​peace of mind. Call (708) 783-5000.

The Westlake Women's Imaging Center in Melrose Park provides state-of-the-art outpatient diagnostic imaging services to women of all ages. The Center is equipped to provide computer-aided detection, stereotactic breast biopsy and bone densitometry services. Conveniently located in the Westlake Professional Office Building adjacent to the hospital, the Women's Imaging Center offers the personal touch of a trusted community hospital and the advanced technology of a comprehensive medical center.

Digital Mammography

The key to finding — and fighting — breast cancer is early detection. One of your best defenses in early detection of breast cancer is a mammogram, and here at Westlake Hospital, we offer advanced imaging technologies available to screen for breast cancer: digital mammography.

What Does Digital Mammography Mean For You?

  • Improved imaging: With digital mammography, the magnification, orientation, brightness, and contrast of the image helps the radiologist clearly see certain areas. Digital mammography is particularly beneficial if you have dense or thick breasts, are under age 50, and are pre- or peri-menopausal.
  • Less radiation: The radiation dose can be reduced by up to 50 percent with digital mammography.
  • Reduced exam time: Digital spot view mammography allows faster and more accurate stereotactic biopsy as well as significantly improved comfort.
  • A built-in “second opinion”: Digital mammography is used in conjunction with a computer-aided detection system — often referred to as a second opinion, which identifies potential concerns even before the radiologist views the results.

Why Mammogram Screenings Are Important

  • 80 percent of all women diagnosed with breast cancer have no history of it in their family and your risk increases with age.
  • Two-thirds of newly diagnosed breast cancers show no signs that the cancer has spread beyond the breast, and most women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer are candidates for treatment that saves the breast.
  • Research has shown that breast cancer deaths for African-American women are 68 percent higher than non-African-American women, and African-American women were shown to have more aggressive tumors.

Additional Imaging Services

  • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy: Removes tissue samples from the breast using a hollow needle. The needle is guided by a computer-controlled system using visual coordinates taken from a mammogram. The examination requires only local anesthesia. In many instances, stereotactic breast biopsies help you avoid the need for surgery.
  • Bone Densitometry: A noninvasive procedure that measures bone mass and the density of bones in the spinal column and hip. The test is an accurate way to diagnose osteoporosis and determine the risk for fractures.

Accredited Imaging Specialists

The Westlake Women’s Imaging Center offers the personal touch of a trusted community hospital in Melrose Park and the high-tech resources of a comprehensive Chicago medical center. Westlake radiologists, technologists and staff are patient-focused and provide all services in compliance with the American Osteopathic Association, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the American College of Radiology.