Early breast cancer detection tool now available at Desert Radiologists

Desert Radiologists has added an advanced imaging tool that offers a better way to diagnose breast cancer earlier when it’s at a more treatable stage.Only outpatient practice with three dimensional mammography

Early detection is the single most important factor to surviving breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.  Now, Desert Radiologists has added an advanced imaging tool that offers a better way to diagnose breast cancer earlier when it’s at a more treatable stage.

Desert Radiologists is offering three dimensional mammography, called breast tomosynthesis, for breast cancer screening.  The latest in digital imaging technology, it produces an exceptionally sharp, three-dimensional view of the breast tissue. This helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures, such as blood vessels, milk ducts, fat and ligaments, one layer at a time, without the confusion of overlapping tissue from a traditional two-dimensional mammogram.

Desert Radiologists is the only outpatient facility in Nevada to offer this cutting edge technology.

“We take our role of being on the front line in breast cancer detection seriously and are pleased to make breast tomosynthesis more accessible to women in Southern Nevada,” said Dr. Randal Shelin, president of Desert Radiologists.  “While it is especially valuable for women who have dense breast tissue or a personal history of breast cancer, and for women receiving a baseline screening, breast tomosynthesis is beneficial for all screening and diagnostic mammography patients with its clearer images.

“Similar to turning pages in a book, this three dimensional technology allows us to better identify and study images where there are areas of concern,” he added.

Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis when combined with a conventional two dimensional mammography has a 40 percent higher invasive cancer detection rate than conventional two dimensional mammography alone, according to a 2013 comparison study.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer; and statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. American Cancer Society research reveals a five-year survival rate of 98 percent if detected early

“The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival so we’re glad to play an important role in women’s health and the fight against breast cancer,” said Dr. Shelin. “By offering women the newest advanced technology in mammography, we expect to increase the number of women in the community who will be routinely screened.”

The tomosynthesis screening experience is similar to a traditional mammogram.  During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles.  These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a three dimensional reconstruction of the breast.No additional compression is required, and it only takes a few seconds longer for the additional views.

At this time, insurance carriers are not covering all of the cost for breast tomosynthesis so there will be a minimal out of pocket expense.

Breast tomosynthesis is currently available at the practice’s 7200 Cathedral Rock Drive office and will be available in June at the 2020 Palomino Lane office, located in the medical district.

For information or scheduling, call Desert Radiologists at 702-759-8600 or visit www.desertrad.com.

About Desert Radiologists

Established in 1966, Desert Radiologists is Nevada’s largest and most trusted provider of leading edge medical imaging. The practice operates five American College of Radiology-accredited full-service outpatient facilities throughout Las Vegas and Henderson.  The experienced team includes 60 board certified radiologists who provide diagnostic and interventional radiology services at 10 Nevada hospitals, two Texas-based hospitals, and one hospital in Oklahoma; a large accountable care organization; a group of multispecialty medical centers; and several smaller facilities throughout the western United States. Desert Radiologists’ diagnostic imaging services include angiography, computed tomography (CT), diagnostic radiology, interventional and cardiovascular radiology, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammography, nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET), stereotactic breast biopsy and ultrasound.  Additionally, its Desert Vascular Institute provides an array of interventional and vascular services.  For information about Desert Radiologists, visit www.desertradiologists.com or call (702) 759-8600.

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