ADVANCED MEDICAL IMAGING FIRST IN MONTANA TO OFFER TOMOSYNTHESIS SCREENING FOR BREAST CANCER

AUGUST 13, 2012
Technological breakthroughs change the way we deal with disease, and the latest is helping detect breast cancer earlier, increasing a woman’s chances of survival. Advanced Medical Imaging (AMI), located in the Bozeman Deaconess Health Services complex, will be the first breast imaging center in Montana to offer tomosynthesis, or 3D imaging, for breast cancer screening.

“We believe breast tomosynthesis will benefit all mammography patients, and is especially valuable for women with dense breast tissue,” said AMI breast care specialist, Cindy Carter PA-C, CBPN-IC.

Breast tomosynthesis is a revolutionary technology that allows radiologists to identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple breast images are taken in just seconds to produce a 3D image. The radiologist looks through the tissue one millimeter at a time, seeing detail inside the breast in a way never before possible.

“Being able to clearly see through the breast tissue may reduce the number of patients called back for additional imaging,” Carter added.

The Selenia® Dimensions® breast tomosynthesis system is made by Hologic, a world leader in digital mammography. According to Hologic, breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis when combined with a conventional 2D mammogram has a higher cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone.

By offering women the latest technology in mammography, AMI hopes to increase the number of women who will be routinely screened. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in her lifetime.

AMI is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering breast tomosynthesis digital mammography, AMI provides the latest in imaging quality. If you have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact Carter at AMI.

For further information or to schedule a tomosynthesis digital mammogram, please call 406-556-5200 or visit www.amibozeman.com.
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