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Advanced Medical Imaging First In Montana to Offer Tomosynthesis Screening for Breast Cancer

August 15, 2012

Technological breakthroughs change the way we deal with disease, and the latest is helping detect breast cancer earlier, increasing a womans chances of survival. This October, Advanced Medical Imaging (AMI), located in the Bozeman Deaconess Health Services complex, will be the first breast imaging center in Montana to offer tomosynthesis, or 3D imaging, for breast cancer screening.

We believe breast tomosynthesis will benefit all mammography patients, and is especially valuable for women with dense breast tissue, said AMI breast care specialist, Cindy Carter PA-C, CBPN-IC.

Breast tomosynthesis is a revolutionary technology that allows radiologists to identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple breast images are taken in just seconds to produce a 3D image. The radiologist looks through the tissue one millimeter at a time, seeing detail inside the breast in a way never before possible. Being able to clearly see through the breast tissue may reduce the number of patients called back for additional imaging, Carter added.

The Selenia Dimensions breast tomosynthesis system is made by Hologic, a world leader in digital mammography. According to Hologic, breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis when combined with a conventional 2D mammogram has a higher cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone.

The current digital mammography units will be upgraded to allow for the new tomosynthesis technology. According to Courtney Funk, director of AMI, This technological leap is only possible due to the efforts and contributions of those who made digital mammography first available in our community in 2008. At AMI, were committed to the fight against breast cancer, by offering breast tomosynthesis digital mammography, AMI is providing the latest in imaging quality.

With this new technology, AMI hopes to increase the number of women who will be routinely screened. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in her lifetime.

For further information or to schedule a tomosynthesis digital mammogram, please call 406-556-5200 or visit Charitable contributions to tomosynthesis can be made to Bozeman Deaconess Foundation at or by calling 406-585-1085.
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