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Banner Del E. Webb named Breast Center of Excellence, adds new 3D mammogram technology


SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (June 18, 2014) – The Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center -- Louisa Kellam Center for Women's Health has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the leading radiological accreditation organization in the country.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation is given only to those breast imaging centers that are committed to “the highest practice standards” and dedicated to improving women’s health by participating in the organization’s rigorous quality assurance programs.

Olena Weaver, MD, a board-certified breast radiologist at the nonprofit hospital’s Women’s Center, said the designation represents “uncompromised quality, safety, and efficiency of breast imaging for patients, assured by the nearly 100 years of expertise of the American College of Radiology.”

To earn this designation, the breast imaging services at Banner Del E. Webb have been fully accredited in not only mammography, but also stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

Larry Bonno, director of medical imaging at Banner Del E. Webb, said achieving the Breast Center of Excellence designation is the result of almost two years of planning and countless hours of hard work by a very dedicated team. We’ve long know that we have one of the most comprehensive, high-quality breast imaging centers in our region,” he said. “This designation makes it official.”

This month, the center’s capabilities will be further enhanced with the addition of two new low-dose 3D mammography units, called Hologic 3D Tomosynthesis Units. The units produce 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. Dr. Weaver explains that traditional 2D units take one image of each breast in two views, many times creating significant tissue overlap which may make small cancers difficult to see or produce artificial densities, and often requiring the patients to come back for additional evaluation.

 “This 3D technology gives an amount of radiation that is similar to 2D mammography, but reduces the occurrence of tissue overlapping,” said Dr. Weaver. “The unit creates a three-dimensional view of the breast allowing us to view the breast tissue more clearly, which is proven to decrease the call-back rate by 15-30 percent and increase cancer detection by approximately 22 percent. It gives patients more peace of mind.”

Two Hologic 3D Tomosynthesis Units are being installed and scheduled to be complete at the end of June. The new mammogram technology will be available to patients at no additional charge for their annual screening mammograms. For more information, patients and referring physicians are asked to call Banner Del E. Webb’s Louisa Kellam Center for Women’s Health, Women’s Diagnostic Services at (623) 524-4462. To schedule your appointment, call (480) 684-7500.

The two units were funded by Sun Health Foundation, the philanthropic partner of Banner Del E. Webb.

“It’s wonderful to realize the impact that philanthropy can have on people’s lives. It makes all the difference,” Sun Health Foundation’s VP and Chief Development Officer Penny Cowden said of the new system.

About Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center
Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center is a community hospital in Sun City West, Ariz. The hospital specializes in orthopedic surgery, heart care, Emergency care, cancer care, and obstetrics. Banner Del E. Webb is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system with 25 hospitals in seven states. In partnership with Banner Health, Sun Health Foundation provides $12 million annually in charitable support to Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center and Banner Boswell Medical Center. For more information, visit or

About ACR
The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs for focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology, as well as the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

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