Women's History Month

Women’s History Month: The Impact of Women In Healthcare

Women’s History Month is a powerful reminder of women’s profound impact in various domains. In medicine, their contributions stand as nothing short of revolutionary. A closer look at the history of women in healthcare unveils a narrative characterized by resilience, dedication, and a relentless pursuit of progress.

In the not-so-distant past, the understanding of women’s health was limited and predominantly focused on reproductive aspects. Yet, over time, visionary women in medicine have paved the way for significant advancements. They have broadened the scope of women’s healthcare, adopting a holistic approach, addressing not just reproductive issues but also overall well-being.

Marie CurieRadiology, a cornerstone of medical imaging, witnessed a transformative revolution at the hands of pioneering women. Icons like Marie Curie, renowned for her groundbreaking work in physics and chemistry, redefined the landscape of radiology. Collaborating with her husband, Pierre Curie, she unearthed polonium and radium, coining the term “radioactivity.” In World War I, Marie’s innovative research on X-rays proved invaluable, as mobile radiography units assisted battlefield surgeons.

Dr. Florence StoneyDr. Florence Stoney emerged as a trailblazer in the early 20th century, breaking gender barriers to become the first female radiologist in the United Kingdom. Her visionary leadership and unparalleled expertise laid the foundation for the X-ray department at London’s Royal Free Hospital, bringing radiology to the forefront of vital medical disciplines. Dr. Stoney’s contributions to the diagnosis of various conditions, such as breast abnormalities, played a pivotal role in elevating radiology to a crucial medical specialty.

Today, female radiologists like those at Consulting Radiologists, Ltd. and CRL Women’s Imaging serve as a testament to this ongoing legacy of groundbreaking achievements of women like Marie Curie and Dr. Florence Stoney. By continuing to shape and advance the landscape of women’s healthcare through their expertise and dedication, they are personifying the spirit of innovation and progress that characterizes the field. These radiologists contribute not only to the refinement of medical imaging practices but also to deepening our understanding of women’s health.

Thanks to the contributions of women in medicine, conversations about women’s health have expanded to include various aspects such as mental health, cardiovascular wellness, and cancer prevention. Notably, the advancements in breast cancer prevention, with the introduction of mammograms, particularly the innovative 3D mammograms, have significantly enhanced the capabilities of early breast cancer detection. Unlike traditional mammograms, which provide a two-dimensional view, 3D mammograms capture multiple images in layers, creating a more detailed and comprehensive picture of breast tissue. This advanced imaging technique allows radiologists to identify abnormalities with greater accuracy, leading to earlier diagnoses and more effective interventions.

Yet, the narrative extends beyond medical advancements; women themselves have been pivotal advocates for their health rights. These advocates have not merely accepted the status quo; they’ve driven the call for more extensive research, acted as catalysts for change, and fostered an environment where open discussions about women’s health are not only accepted but actively encouraged.

Women’s History Month is not just a celebration; it’s a call to reflect on progress made and the work that lies ahead. In the context of healthcare, Women’s History Month, serves as a milestone, highlighting both the achievements and the ongoing journey toward a healthcare system that authentically addresses and prioritizes the holistic well-being of women. It’s a narrative of empowerment, progress, and a testament to the resilience of women who continue to shape the conversation of women’s health for generations to come.

About CRL Women’s Imaging

CRL Women’s Imaging is a leader in outpatient imaging and designated as Breast Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).  Our team of dedicated, board-certified breast imagers with broad expertise and a genuine interest in breast imaging and our knowledgeable technologists certified in mammography and ultrasound are committed to provide our patients with the high-quality compassionate care they can trust.

“Early detection of breast cancer saves lives. And with the tools of 3D mammography/tomosynthesis and supplemental screening breast ultrasound we are better equipped than ever to positively impact women’s health.”  – Jillian Karow, MD, Medical Director, CRL Women’s Imaging