Banner Churchill to Offer 3D Mammography

December 17, 2015

New unit one of several upgrades to medical imaging.

FALLON, Nev. – Banner Churchill Community Hospital is expanding the imaging capabilities available within the community with the installation of a Hologic 3D Mammography Unit and Dexascan this month. These units will improve patient care and increase efficiency, while offering the convenience of having the scans done close to home.

The nonprofit hospital has also upgraded its fluoroscopy machine, bringing state-of-the-art imaging technology for gastrointestinal, cancer and reproductive screenings and more.

“We are pleased to be able to offer the latest technology here at Banner Churchill so patients in our community and the surrounding areas can access the best care without leaving home,” said Dee Towne, senior manager of Medical Imaging.

3D Mammography

The new 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. 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.

  • 3D tomosynthesis images have been found to identify 40 percent more invasive cancers than 2D alone.
  • The Hologic 3D Mammography Imaging System improves the radiologist’s ability to view asymmetric densities, distortions and smaller masses, resulting in earlier diagnosis.
  • 3D Mammography has been shown to reduce false positives and the need for patients to undergo additional imaging by 20 to 40 percent.
  • 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.
  • The new unit reduces the amount of time a patient is under compression by more than half, increasing patient comfort.
  • The 3D Mammography unit can accommodate nearly double the amount of patients, making scheduling more convenient.


The Dexascan measures bone density and assesses a woman’s risk for osteoporosis. It can track bone density over time to know whether preventive measures and treatments are stopping or reversing the advance of osteoporosis. This is the first Dexascan unit available in Northern Nevada outside of Washoe County.

“Having both the Dexascan and 3D Mammography unit available in the same suite will offer added convenience to women who need to have both screenings performed,” Towne said.


Fluoroscopy is a form of medical imaging that enables physicians to view a patient’s internal structures in real-time images. The new machine provides updated technology and a lower dose. This imaging technology can be used for a variety of screenings, including gastrointestinal issues, problems with patient swallowing, colon cancer screenings, joint problems, reproductive screenings and more.

Flouroscopy and Dexascan services are available now. Training is underway for the 3D Mammogram, which will be in service beginning Jan. 27. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Banner Churchill Medical Imaging Department at (775) 867-7154.

Banner Churchill Community Hospital in Fallon, Nevada, opened in 1996 and is a part of Banner Health, a nonprofit healthcare system with 29 hospitals in seven states. It offers acute and primary care, including comprehensive Emergency care with an ambulance service that covers more than 5,900 square miles.