Photo: Drs. Fitzpatrick and Borders
Breast Imaging Center Mission Statement and Philosophy of Care
It is an unsettling statistic: one in every eight women will develop breast cancer as 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.
The mission of the Breast Imaging Center is to provide a comprehensive and compassionate approach to a variety of breast-related concerns of women and men in our community. Our caring and efficient staff, including specialty-trained physicians and technologists, is committed to optimizing the early detection of breast cancer and effectively managing all breast-related problems according to the highest possible standards. We do this while fostering a team approach with our referring providers and constantly striving to provide a comfortable and informative experience for our patients. We provide full service imaging, including breast cancer screening, diagnostic studies, and image-guided procedures.
Thanks to our affiliation with the Arizona Health Sciences Center, our patients benefit from some of the most advanced and comprehensive medical services available in the Southwest. The Breast Imaging Center’s board certified radiologists are not only physician faculty members of the College of Medicine, but also fellowship-trained experts in breast imaging and image-guided procedures. These radiologists are part of a unique and highly specialized team of doctors at the University of Arizona Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic, 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.
Breast Imaging Center Staff
Faculty Member: Christopher Dillon, MD
Nurse: Elisa Bracamonte, RN
A screening mammogram can detect breast cancer at its earliest stage. Digital mammography is utilized for all mammograms performed at our center. Every year we perform thousands of digital screening mammograms, including the use of computer-aided detection (CAD) to highlight possible problem areas.
Patient comfort is extremely important at the Breast Imaging Center, which is why we are proudly certified as a Softer Mammogram Provider. For each mammogram performed, we use a specially designed foam cushion called the MammoPad to provide a warmer and more comfortable mammogram for our patients.
Current screening guidelines include:
• Monthly breast-self examination
• Yearly physical examination of breasts by trained professional
• Yearly mammogram starting at age 40
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 work closely with our nearby affiliate outpatient imaging center, University Medical Imaging, to facilitate the scheduling of a breast MRI when indicated, and all breast MRIs are interpreted by the breast imaging experts at our center.
When needed, a core needle breast biopsy can be performed at our center with either mammography or ultrasound guidance. Breast biopsy can also be performed using MRI guidance at our affiliate site, University Medical Imaging.
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 wire 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, the UA Breast Imaging Center is pleased to announce the availability of 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.
Bone Density Scanning
The Breast Imaging Center also offers DEXA scans for evaluation of bone mineral density. For convenience, these can be scheduled in conjunction with annual mammograms.
Why choose us?
Main: (520) 874-MAMM or 874-6300
Fax: (520) 874-6317
If you suspect you have a problem or would like immediate free information about breast cancer, call the Breast Cancer Hotline (520) 874-6386.