Banner Lakes Imaging Center now utilizes a Hologic 3D Mammography Unit .
The low-dose 3D mammography system produces special images that allow radiologists to better view breast tissue. The X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images in just seconds. An analogy for 3D mammography is like 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.
These 3D Tomosynthesis images, as they are called, have been found to identify 40 percent more invasive cancers than 2D alone. The Hologic 3D Mammography Imaging System has improved radiologists' ability to view asymmetric densities, distortions and smaller masses, resulting in earlier diagnosis.
It has been shown that there is a 20 to 40 percent reduction in false positives and the need for additional imaging. The new system generates 2D images from the 3D data set, reducing the radiation dose for patients by eliminating the need for additional 2D exposures.
This unit reduces the amount of time a patient is under, increasing patient comfort.
Free 3-D Mammograms
The Pink Roadhouse Mammo Fund was established by the generous donations of the Texas Roadhouse Restaurants and personal fundraising of Reba Mason. Reba is courageously battling breast cancer and has a passion for helping women receive screening mammograms to find breast cancer earlier.
You can qualify to receive a free 3-D screening mammogram at Banner Lakes Medical Imaging Center if you meet all requirements:
- You do not have insurance or your insurance plan does not cover screening mammograms
- You are a United States citizen living in the West Valley of Maricopa County. Your must validate your residency with driver’s license
- You must identify a primary care provider or OB/GYN physician to receive your test results and provide follow-up, if needed.
- Age requirement: 40 years if you have no immediate family history of cancer, 30 years if you have immediate family history of cancer or BRCA mutation. (age 25 and younger do not qualify)
Patients are required to sign and initial documents at time of appointment in order to bill Pink Roadhouse Mammo Fund and to accept assistance if further evaluation is recommended by the radiologist based on screening mammogram results.
Call (480) 684-7500 to see if you qualify and to schedule an appointment.
The Pink Roadhouse Mammo Fund is sponsored by Banner Health, Sun Health Foundation and Reba's Vision.
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about 3D Mammography at Banner Lakes Imaging.