By David Martin

NFI brings new 3D breast cancer imaging to county


New Frontier Imaging in Rock Springs is in the midst of introducing a new mammography technique that will improve cancer detection rates in breast cancer screenings.

Digital tomosynthesis, or 3D breast imaging, will be introduced to the county though NFI next week. Maria Stradley, NFI’s CEO, said the new technology was approved by the FDA in 2011 and took a year to plan for the equipment’s introduction at NFI.

“It’s pretty amazing, you won’t miss cancers,” Stradley said. “This is huge.”

She said the technology averages 41 percent improved cancer detection while reducing false positives by about 40 percent. Stradley said the technology allows a much better image, while reducing compression and radiation needed for imaging. The imaging technology was only available in Worland, with the closest facilities to Sweetwater County using the digital tomosynthesis being in either Denver or Salt Lake City. Stradley says the technology will become the standard of care within the next five years.

Stradley believes the $500,000 investment will bring patients in from surrounding counties while attracting locals who have their imaging done in Utah and Idaho.

Stradley said NFI will continue to offer 2D imaging as a cost effective method for residents to have breast cancer screenings.


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