Breast Imaging

It is an unsettling statistic: One in every eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in her life. Because a woman’s best defense against breast cancer is early detection, it is our mission to combine state-of-the-art technology with the expertise of our breast imaging doctors to discover breast cancer when it is still small and more easily treated.  We are a designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, meaning we have achieved special accreditation by meeting rigorous quality standards established by the American College of Radiology.

To make an appointment with us, call (520) 694-4034.

Screening Mammography

A screening mammogram can detect breast cancer at its earliest stage.  We adhere to the American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging recommendation of annual screening mammography for all women beginning at age 40, which has been shown to reduce deaths from breast cancer by up to 40%.  

Digital breast tomosynthesis (3-D mammography) represents the newest advance in mammography technology, enabling better detection of smaller and more subtle abnormalities in the breast.  It also increases accuracy, meaning that fewer women are recalled for additional imaging.  We are committed to providing the best technology for every patient and we therefore perform all screening mammograms using digital breast tomosynthesis.  We do not bill patients for the additional cost of a 3-D mammogram when it is not covered by their medical insurance provider.

Patient comfort is extremely important at our center.  For every mammogram performed, our experienced technologists strive to obtain the best images while paying careful attention to the specific needs of each patient.  Our approach is always compassionate and respectful.

Diagnostic Imaging

When additional imaging is necessary, our center offers specialized mammogram views and state-of-the-art breast ultrasound. These diagnostic examinations are overseen by our breast imaging experts, who are available to discuss results and any further recommendations with patients at the time of their appointment.

We also perform breast MRI examinations, utilizing the most modern equipment and specialized imaging protocols.  Breast MRI enables more in-depth evaluation of imaging findings or symptoms in specific situations.  We also offer breast MRI as an additional mode of screening for women who are at increased risk for breast cancer based on personal/family history breast cancer or certain genetic mutations.

Procedures

When needed, a core needle breast biopsy can be performed at our center with mammography, ultrasound or MRI guidance. We are currently the only facility in Southern Arizona that offers 3-D-guided core needle biopsies for certain suspicious findings in the breast. Our doctors are highly trained and experienced in breast biopsy, as well as other specialized procedures such as cyst aspiration, ductography, skin punch biopsy and image-guided Savi Scout reflector localization of areas that need to be surgically removed. This means that procedures are performed skillfully and accurately, providing the most reliable results and best outcomes.

In addition, our center is pleased to provide cryoablation for the minimally invasive treatment of breast fibroadenomas. Traditionally, open excisional biopsy (i.e., surgery) has been the only option. But now, a minimally invasive option is available that can be performed in the office under local anesthesia.

Team Approach

Because of our affiliation with the University of Arizona Cancer Center, we are part of a unique and highly specialized team of doctors specifically focused on breast care. This enables us to provide the most advanced level of breast cancer care, from prevention and early detection through diagnosis and treatment.

Our doctors and staff work together to coordinate patient care for seamless transitions between providers, and we communicate continuously to maximize our collective expertise and achieve the highest quality care. Through ongoing clinical trials at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, we are also able to translate cutting-edge science into the most up-to-date treatments for our patients.

We also offer DEXA scans for evaluation of bone mineral density. For convenience, these can be scheduled in conjunction with annual mammograms.

Breast Imaging Doctors

Kimberly Fitzpatrick, MD
Marisa Borders, MD
Suzette Bryan, MD