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Published on August 19, 2013

Generous donors funding new $1.2 million Center for Breast Health at Billings Clinic

State-of-the-art technology to include Tomosynthesis

Billings, MT— Billings Clinic Foundation is pleased to announce a new Center for Breast Health at Billings Clinic made possible thanks to the generosity of donors. The charitable gifts, totaling $1.2 million dollars, are coming from visionary donors that want to advance the availability of state-of-the-art technology while also creating a beautiful new breast center that will serve future generations. The new center will feature leading edge tomosynthesis technology for mammography which provides a three dimensional view of the breast, making fine details more clearly visible, allowing even earlier detection of cancer.

The new 4,300 square foot Center for Breast Health will open this October in a portion of the shelled space on the second floor of the Billing Clinic Cancer Center. The Center for Breast Health will provide patients seeking breast imaging services an experience that fosters a feeling of ease and comfort in a relaxing environment. The Center’s waiting area includes floor to ceiling windows, warm colors, a fireplace and an opportunity to privately view educational videos about breast health and self-breast examinations. Private changing rooms will offer robes rather than exam gowns and provide a direct entry into one of three mammography rooms. There will be private rooms for patient consultation with radiologists and Billings Clinic’s Breast Care Nurse Navigator.

The Center for Breast Health accommodates technology for ultrasounds of the breast, stereotactic biopsies, and new breast tomosynthesis technology. This technology can reveal small cancers and provide state-of-the-art imaging that will reduce the need for repeat testing or additional mammograms. Dexa Scans, a superior technology for measuring bone health, will also be performed in the new Center. New to Billings Clinic, the Center will include a specialty boutique supplied with merchandise specifically designed for women that have had a mastectomy, along with other related products.

In conjunction with the opening of the new Center, Billings Clinic announces full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to centers that have voluntarily committed to the highest level of quality breast care. Candidates undergo a rigorous evaluation process of their performance and technology, including state-of-the-art services, a multidisciplinary team approach for coordination of treatment options, information about clinical trials and, most importantly, quality breast care close to home.

Additionally, Billings Clinic has recently been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR), which is an honor achieved by Centers of Excellence that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy). Peer-review evaluations conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists have determined that Billings Clinic’s current Breast Center has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs. Billings Clinic is a Pink Ribbon Facility, a designation from Hologic, granted to centers providing excellence in breast health paired with a commitment to support women of their community. The addition of the tomosynthesis technology further substantiates this recognition for those seeking centers of excellence in breast health.

“In these financially uncertain times in health care, Billings Clinic is incredibly grateful to our generous donors whose philanthropic spirit is making a state-of-the-art breast center possible for our patients,” said Jim Duncan, President of Billings Clinic Foundation. “Transformational gifts such as these are giving our caregivers the tools and facilities that will help them make a positive difference in the health of so many people for generations to come.”

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