The Baskin Breast Care Center at Dignity Health Yavapai Regional Medical Center is the first in northern Arizona to introduce contrast-enhanced mammography (CEM), an advanced diagnostic imaging tool designed to detect breast cancer.

“CEM is an important tool for diagnosing breast cancer,” says Kathleen Hoffer, Imaging Manager, Baskin Breast Care Center. “We’re thrilled to include it in our arsenal of diagnostic breast imaging services.”

Who will CEM benefit?
Women at high risk for breast cancer are among those who benefit from CEM. That may include women with:

  • A family history of breast cancer
  • Certain genetic mutations
  • Past abnormal breast biopsies
  • Dense breast tissue

CEM is also used to detect any additional cancer in women who have already been diagnosed with breast cancer.

“This technology has the potential to benefit a considerable number of women,” Hoffer says. “For example, CEM can identify abnormalities in women with dense breast tissue. We know that 40 percent of women have dense breast tissue and 10 percent of those have extremely dense breast tissue.”

How does CEM work?
CEM combines a standard digital mammogram with specially developed software. During CEM, the patient receives an iodinated contrast agent through an IV. This contrast agent makes it easier for radiologists to find new, developing cancers. A CEM study takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Learn more about the Baskin Breast Care Center
The Baskin Breast Care Center is northern Arizona’s only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. Designated by the American College of Radiology® (ACR), this accreditation means the Baskin Breast Care Center embraces top imaging practice standards and excels in all breast imaging modalities.

Visit DignityHealth.org/YRMC to learn more about the Baskin Breast Care Center.