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Banner Imaging transforms mammogram experience with innovative approach

PHOENIX (Feb. 8, 2024) – Banner Imaging is using a new technique in all its facilities that will standardize breast positioning for every patient who comes in for a mammogram. The Miller Method™ is an innovative approach that will make it easier to detect abnormalities and establish a strong baseline image for patients. 

“With this new method, every technologist will be positioning their patients breast the same way year after year, which will make detecting the slightest change easier and potentially catch any issue at the earliest stage,” said Lead Mammography Technologist Rebecca LeMay. “We always want to do better for our patients, and it is eye opening to see that with the slightest tweak you can make a great image even greater.”  

Late last year, three mammography technologists with Banner Imaging underwent training so they could learn how to employ The Miller Method™, which is done through Louise Miller’s Mammography’s Educator’s program in a ‘train-the-trainer' style format. Through their education, the three technologists are training more than 70 mammography technologists throughout Banner Imaging. The rollout of this method is planned for all of Banner Health’s breast centers and Banner Imaging sites that offer mammography services.  

Banner Health Breast Radiologist Dr. Caroline Cranford said she’s already noticed a significant difference in the quality of images from the locations that have introduced the method.  

“I appreciate Banner for supporting our techs and providing them an opportunity to improve on their techniques,” said Dr. Cranford. “I have already seen a difference in the amount of breast tissue the techs are able to capture in their images with the new method.” 

Banner mammography technologist Amanda Smith said overall, this is a much more efficient way of getting the best patient image possible. 

“My images are better because of the efficiency of this new technique,” Smith said. “I’m so excited to see how this impacts the lives of our patients.”  

Banner Imaging has more than 30 imaging centers that offer a full range of outpatient services, including 10 breast centers in Arizona and Northern Colorado.  

Banner Health is one of the largest, secular nonprofit health care systems in the country. In addition to 33 acute-care hospitals, Banner also operates an academic medicine division, Banner – University Medicine, and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, a partnership with one of the world’s leading cancer programs, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Banner’s array of services includes a health insurance division, employed physician groups, outpatient surgery centers, urgent care locations, home care and hospice services, retail pharmacies, stand-alone imaging centers, physical therapy and rehabilitation, behavioral health services, a research division and a nursing registry. To make health care easier, 100% of Banner-employed doctors are available for virtual visits and patients may also reserve spots at Banner Urgent Care locations and can book appointments online with many Banner-employed doctors. Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health also has locations in California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit
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