Breast cancer and osteoporosis screening available in City Heights as La Maestra expands “Circle of Care”

John Lethin, Director of Imaging at La Maestra, demonstrates digital ultrasound services. Photo courtesy of La Maestra.

La Maestra Community Health Centers invites you to schedule an appointment for breast cancer or osteoporosis screening at its new imaging center. The center opened in February in La Maestra’s City Heights location, adding digital mammography and DEXA scans to its digital sonography services.

All imaging services are performed by licensed medical imaging technicians with a very low dose of X-ray. Full field digital mammography is performed using a top-of-the-line Hologic Selenia Dimensions unit equipped with computer aided detection to help the interpreting radiologist identify abnormalities. Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry, or DEXA scans, measure bone density quickly and painlessly. High resolution digital images are read by La Maestra’s radiologist or sent to an outside provider or hospital, depending on the needs of the patient.

Patients can set up an appointment for the same or following day. “The results are available much sooner than in the past, which streamlines the process so patients can talk to their primary care provider sooner about treatment for serious conditions and how to prevent more complex health problems down the road,” said the organization’s imaging director, John Lethin.

“We’re so excited to provide state-of-the-art imaging services here in our medical home to dramatically improve care for our patients,” said Zara Marselian, La Maestra’s chief executive officer. “Now there is no need for an appointment at a hospital or imaging specialist for screening, which means no worrying about finding transportation, taking extra time off work or finding someone at the referral site who speaks the patient’s language.”

If you are a woman age 40 years or older, or if there is a history of breast cancer in your family, La Maestra’s staff will help you find out if you qualify for a free annual mammogram, clinical breast exam or ultrasound, and provide free important information to you about early detection of breast cancer.  Adults who are over 50 years old, smoke, have had a non-traumatic bone fracture or use cortico steroids should have a DEXA scan, which may also be available for free or at a low cost. Ultrasound services help our primary care providers diagnose urgent health conditions sooner and include Obstetrical, Gynecological, Abdominal, Renal, Breast, Thyroid, Testicular, Pediatric, Peripheral Venous Duplex, Carotid Duplex and Aortic Sonography.

La Maestra Community Health Centers for 22 years has provided various prevention, treatment, chronic disease management, and essential support services to more than 165,000 men, women and children in City Heights, National City, Lemon Grove and El Cajon.

If you have any questions about how you can access imaging services for free or on a sliding fee scale, please contact Brenda Reyes at (619) 280-4213 extension 3088.

Lindy Webb is the executive assistant for the La Maestra Community Health Centers