Prescott Medical Imaging (PMI) now offers breast tomosynthesis – also called 3-D digital breast imaging – as part of their mammography screening services. PMI joins the BreastCare Center at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) in Prescott Valley – which has two 3-D digital imaging units – to make the service conveniently available throughout the community.
“Our goal is to ensure women have 3-D digital breast imaging available when they need it and where they need it,” said Mary Sterling, Director of Imaging Services at YRMC. “This is about convenience and peace of mind for our patients.”
In addition to the most advanced 3-D digital breast imaging, women also have available an exceptional team of radiologists and breast imaging technologists at these locations:
Prescott Medical Imaging
810 Whipple Street
The BreastCare Center at Yavapai Regional Medical Center
7700 East Florentine Road
This additional availability of 3-D digital breast imaging will be particularly good news for the 43 percent of women ages 40 to 74 years old who are classified as having dense breast tissue. On a mammogram, dense breast tissue appears white as do breast masses or tumors. This means dense tissue can sometimes mask tumors.
“Breast tomosynthesis technology allows our radiologists to see dense breast tissue better because it collects the images in slices, unlike traditional mammography,” explained Sterling.
The 3-D digital technology can prevent women with dense breast tissue from undergoing several imaging studies, giving them information faster. Even more important, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in 2016, adding 3-D digital breast imaging can help physicians better detect cancers in dense breast tissue.
To learn more about 3-D digital breast imaging, women should speak to their doctor. To schedule 3-D digital breast imaging or other imaging services, contact PMI at (928) 771-7577 or the BreastCare Center at YRMC at (928) 445-2700.