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Banner Lakes Imaging Center sees first patient with low dose 3D mammography unit


SUN CITY, Ariz. (Sept. 23, 2013) – Nervously heading in to her very first mammogram four years ago, Lisa Frank was called back for additional imaging after a suspicious distortion was seen on the breast image. While she was cleared of all abnormalities, Frank, who is an associate administrator at Banner Boswell, said the call back was traumatizing.

“It’s hard enough coming in for your first mammogram,” she said. “Being called in for additional imaging because something looks suspicious psychologically takes its toll.”

This year, Frank was anxiously waiting for the new Hologic 3D Mammography unit to be installed for her next screening, and was the very first patient to be screened with the new machine. The unit not only reduces a patient’s exposure to radiation, it also cuts the time under compression nearly in half.  But for Frank, it was the machine’s ability to clearly see smaller masses and distortions by utilizing Tomosynthesis images that gave her piece of mind.

“If I was receiving only the traditional 2D image like before, I would have again been called back for additional imaging,” Frank said after reviewing her mammogram images with Ann Schwartz, Medical Imaging coordinator at the imaging center. “But the machine’s ability to take a series of images has cleared me from receiving another false positive.”

Tomosynthesis images provided by the new low dose unit allow radiologists to better see asymmetrical densities in breast tissue, reducing false positives by 20 to 40 percent. The X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images in just seconds. A good analogy for 3D mammography is like thinking of the pages in a book. Looking at the book, the internal contents of the pages can’t be seen. But when opened up, a book can be leafed through, page-by-page, seeing everything between the covers. It was seeing beyond the traditional 2D image that gave Frank, and hopefully other patients, piece of mind.

Banner Lakes Imaging is located across the street from Banner Boswell Medical Center at 10474 W. Thunderbird Blvd. Suite 100. For more information, referring physicians should call (480) 684-7500 to schedule an appointment. 

Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, Ariz., specializes in neurosciences, heart care, cancer care, stroke care, orthopedic surgery, physical rehabilitation, neurosciences and stroke care, skilled nursing and Emergency care. Banner Boswell is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit healthcare system with 24 hospitals in seven states. Supporting Banner Boswell’s mission of excellent patient care is Sun Health Foundation, which encourages charitable giving to enhance health care delivery. For more information, visit or Facebook.


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