In correspondence of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, two Desert Imaging Services locations in El Paso are now offering 3D mammography exams.
Desert Imaging is a diagnostic imaging company in El Paso.
The Genius 3D Mammography uses Selenia Dimensions systems by Hologic. The exams are now available at Desert Imaging’s East side location at 1727 Lee Trevino Drive and West side center at 122 W. Castellano Drive.
The exam is known as “breast tomosynthesis” and it detects breast cancer sooner than 2D imaging, said Jeff Krantz, a Desert Imaging Radiologist. The exam provides enhanced image clarity to reduce the number of biopsies.
Doctors say the benefit is not only better detection, but fewer patient callbacks.
“Not only are we finding more cancers, 40 percent to 50 percent more, we’re finding them earlier and smaller so that means much better outcomes for the patient, much better treatment options, much better surgical options, its just better all the way around,” said Krantz.
In El Paso, the 3D Mammography exam was previously only available within the hospital setting. Desert Imaging is the only diagnostic imaging company in El Paso to offer the exams outside of the hospital.
During a 3D exam, a low-dose X-ray system sweeps the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers which allows the radiologist to review the breast one tissue layer at a time.
The sharper images are meant to minimize the tissue overlap that can hide cancer cells, or make it difficult to distinguish overlapping breast tissue from tumors.
Texas state law requires all insurance carriers to cover the 3D screening in the same manner as the 2D screening.
In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Desert Imaging expanded its hours of operation. From now through the end of December 2018, all four locations will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Desert Imaging also operates two mobile mammogram units in El Paso and two in the Rio Grande Valley.
The units are known as “MOM” for “Mammos on the Move” and are dispatched directly to different organizations and businesses around the area to maximize patient access.