Breakthrough Technology Produces three-dimensional Breast Tissue Views Delivering Superior Screening and Diagnostic Results

Hi-Desert Medical Center (HDMC) is the first hospital in the region to offer 3D Digital Mammography, an extraordinary breakthrough in cancer screening and detection. HDMC’s new breast tomosynthesis system, made by Hologic, a word-leader in digital mammography, delivers greater clarity and more certainty, bringing a new dimension to breast health. Not available anywhere else in the region, this innovative new technology allows doctors to see breast tissue detail in a way never before possible, to help find breast cancer at its earliest stages, when it’s most treatable. This technology delivers superior screening and patient comfort, and is especially valuable for women receiving a baseline screening, those with dense breast tissue and women with a personal history of breast cancer.

“Hi-Desert Medical Center is pleased to offer this leading-edge technology to women in our region,” said Alice Antone, HDMC’s director of medical imaging. “With this 3D system, we are able to find 40 percent more invasive breast cancers as compared to 2D mammography imaging. By offering the latest and most accurate technology in mammography, HDMC hopes to increase the number of women who will choose to be routinely screened.” She adds that 3D Digital mammography reduces the number of women called back for unnecessary screenings due to false alarms. “That reduces anxiety, as well as healthcare costs,” added Antone.

To learn more about 3D digital mammography, call 760-366-6324; to schedule your 3D mammogram, call 760-366-6358.

Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care District is comprised of 179 licensed beds: the Hi-Desert Medical Center, a 59-bed primary care hospital and the Continuing Care Center, a 120-bed skilled-nursing facility on the hospital campus. Along with a wide range of quality inpatient and outpatient diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitations services, the District operates Airway Outpatient Center—a full-service surgery and diagnostic center, Behavioral Health Services—an intensive mental health outpatient program, and family health clinics providing medical specialists for the uninsured and underserved. Home health and hospice and a variety of community education and outreach services are also provided. For more information, visit