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BreastCare Center at YRMC Home to Arizona’s First MRI Designed Exclusively for Breast Imaging

by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686, released April 1, 2013 | Dec 27, 2013

On April 8, The BreastCare Center at YRMC introduces Arizona’s only breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system designed specifically for breast imaging.

“For a community to have this technology within 100 miles is very fortunate,” said Michael D’Angelo, MD, Medical Director, Imaging Services at YRMC. “For a community to have this technology within five or even 25 miles is phenomenal.”

Currently, there are fewer than 50 breast MRI systems in the U.S., all of which are designed by Aurora Imaging Technology, Inc. Most hospitals and imaging centers conduct breast MRI studies by modifying conventional, full-body MRIs. The new system at YRMC’s BreastCare Center was designed solely to study the breast. Every aspect of the Aurora® Breast MRI System—from its outstanding imaging capabilities to the design of the patient table—was conceived exclusively for breast imaging.

Physicians often request an MRI in order to further evaluate areas of concern detected during a woman’s screening mammogram, ultrasound or physical exam. Compared to the more widely available conventional breast MRI, the system at YRMC’s BreastCare Center will offer:

  • dramatically superior and precise images;
  • speedier results;
  • reduced individual imaging times; and
  • greater patient comfort.

“This breast MRI is the only commercially available, Food and Drug Administration cleared MRI system that is designed just for three-dimensional, bi-lateral breast imaging,” said Mary Sterling, YRMC’s Director of Imaging Services. “The BreastCare Center at YRMC is so pleased to offer this important service to the women of our community.” Perhaps most significant to women and their families will be the daily availability of this powerful breast MRI system. To accommodate this important equipment and service, a new space specially designed for the breast MRI system was constructed at The BreastCare Center at YRMC.

“Because the exam suite is built exclusively for breast MRI, the experience also will be quieter and more relaxed for patients,” Sterling said.

The breast MRI system joins a comprehensive menu of diagnostic and clinical services available through The BreastCare Center at YRMC, including:

  • Digital Mammography;
  • Breast Ultrasound;
  • Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy;
  • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy;
  • Pre-Surgical Needle Localization; and
  • MRI-Guided Biopsies.

“The breast MRI technology is consistent with YRMC’s community-focused Mission of caring and healing,” said Dr. D’Angelo. “Thanks to a local, anonymous donor, women throughout our community soon will be able to access this incredible service without leaving the area.”