Blog - April 2016

Why Start Mammograms at 40?

Posted on April 20, 2016 in mammography

Turning 40 is a big deal - 4 decades of life should be reason for celebration! Everyone has a different approach to aging - some with #lifegoals, others with denial. (We know one funny lady who has turned 39 repeatedly… for more than 20 years!) Whether it’s arbitrarily valued socially or taken as a serious milemarker in terms of physical health… we pay attention to that birthday!


As doctors who specialize in trying to find breast cancer at its smallest and most treatable, 40 is a special age.


Have you wondered in this time of conflicting and confusing recommendations from different groups on screening mammography why we recommend 40 as the start date for annual screening mammography for women of average risk, supporting the guidelines of the Society for Breast Imaging and the American College of Radiology?


There is solid science behind that recommendation: 40 is the age when breast cancer risk begins to increase sharply for women, regardless of whether you have a family history or not. This risk for breast cancer will continue to rise - until about the age of 75.


By now, we bet you are familiar with the 1-in-8 breast cancer statistic: that’s how many women will get breast cancer in their lifetimes. What you might not know is that 1 out of every 6 breast cancers occurs in women in their 40’s. Beginning screening at age 40 will save the most lives. That for us is the key, and why we will continue to recommend annual screening with mammography starting at that age.


While these numbers can be staggering or even scary, the great news is that with ever-improving technologies (like 3d mammography) and proactive annual screenings, the survival rate of early stage breast cancers can hover at nearly 100% (!!!).


So, if you have a milestone birthday coming up, you have some self-health-caring to do. With just a few seconds of compression and the compassionate care of your local radiology technologists and doctors, you can be your own health hero. Talk about a great #lifegoal!


Curious to learn more? Check this short video.

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Announcing Mobile 3D Mammography in Kansas City, Summer 2016

Posted on April 16, 2016 in mammography

Mobile Mammography Returns to Kansas City this Summer

Local breast health leaders partner to deliver life-saving services with cutting edge 3D technology 



Mobile 3D Mammography Coordinator

Diagnostic Imaging Centers, P.A.
913.319.8400 X 1025 (Office) |


Michael A. Levine | Communications Director

Susan G. Komen® Greater Kansas City 816.842.0410 (Office) | 816.210.6783 (Mobile)

Mobile Mammography Returns to Kansas City this Summer Local breast health leaders partner to deliver life-saving services with cutting edge 3D technology

LEAWOOD, KS – Leaders of Diagnostic Imaging Centers, P.A. (DIC) and Susan G. Komen® Greater Kansas City announced a strategic partnership to bring a 3D mobile mammography unit to the Greater Kansas City area later this year. This is the first time an active mobile mammography unit will be based in Kansas City since 2012 and the first time 3D mammography will be used in the mobile format throughout the community. The news was made public as part of Komen Kansas City’s 20th Annual Pink Promise Brunch where DIC was the presenting sponsor.

“Words cannot express what this means for increased screenings, earlier detection and, ultimately, saving more lives throughout our community,” said Carli Good, Komen Kansas City Executive Director. “In addition to providing a 3D mobile mammography platform for the insured community we are now able to provide these same life-saving services for the uninsured and underinsured communities as well.” Good noted that a major focus of Komen Kansas City’s work involves providing access to quality health services for those who otherwise could not obtain them. “Bringing these services directly to communities who have lower screening and higher mortality rates will be monumental in the fight to save lives.”

“As a part of Diagnostic Imaging Center's commitment to the best in women's health care we are thrilled to announce 3D Mobile Mammography is coming to Kansas City,” added Ed Moore, Chief Executive Officer of Diagnostic Imaging Centers. “We are bringing mobile mammography back to Kansas City and, for the first time, taking the capabilities of 3D mammography out on the road directly to the community we serve.”

Both leaders stated there is a tremendous amount of work to be done prior to the unit hitting the streets of Kansas City. DIC anticipates the unit will be on the streets of Kansas City later this summer. The mobile unit will be on display at the Komen Kansas City Race for the Cure on August 14 at Union Station where DIC is a major sponsor.

For more information on the 3D mobile mammography please visit: and click the pink banner's link.




About Diagnostic Imaging Centers. P.A.

Diagnostic Imaging Centers, P.A. is Kansas City's premier outpatient imaging provider. Locally owned by the doctors you meet in our conveniently located offices, meaning we can provide patient centered care that makes sense for you, our patients. Our state of the art, easily accessed offices are staffed with compassionate and knowledgeable doctors, and caring, registered technologists. Our mission is to provide the best in outpatient imaging care.

Every patient has a choice in where to go for medical imaging, and we believe that every patient deserves the best in affordable, quality care. Easy to schedule, walk-in appointments and prompt, efficient compassionate care are some of the reasons Diagnostic Imaging Centers is the best choice across the Kansas City area. Our radiologists are board-certified, and our fees are 30-60% less than hospitals. Our six locations across the metropolitan area offer extended and weekend hours for your convenience.

As Kansas City's leading outpatient medical imaging facility, we are thrilled to serve our community. We love our hometown because of the wonderful people who make it such an amazing place to live and work. Outpatient imaging centered on you - that's our promise. Visit or follow us on Facebook at and Twitter at @dic_kc.


About Susan G. Komen® and the Greater Kansas City Affiliate

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $889 million in research and provided more than $1.95 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit or call 1.877.GO KOMEN. Connect with us on Facebook at & Twitter @SusanGKomen.

Through events like the Race for the Cure®, Rock the Ribbon & the Pink Promise Brunch the Kansas City Affiliate has invested more than $19 million in local community breast health programs in its 17-county service area and in research throughout the US with their national grants program. Up to 75% of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stay in the Kansas City region. The remaining income (25%) goes to the Susan G. Komen Grants Program to fund research. For more information visit or join the conversation on Facebook at, Twitter at @KomenKansasCity, Instagram @KomenKC, or our BehindTheRibbon Blog.



Image credit: (c) Beth Houts Photography 2016, All Rights Reserved 

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Stress Awareness Month and Breast Health

Posted on April 7, 2016 in mammography

It's April - and Stress Awareness Month. "Stress awareness" is a funny phrase. When we're under stress, we're pretty wildly aware of it!  Awareness campaigns run the gamut from humorous to deadly serious and everything in between. The focus of these campaigns can be specific like the fight to eradicate an illness (like cancer) or can focus on general help in managing life’s stresses better.


So let's talk about stress and health. There have been many studies about breast cancer and the things that affect it, including stress. Unfortunately, the studies about breast cancer and stress specifically are small and few - not comprehensive enough to make wide predictions about the general population. Because of this, you may find conflicting data on whether or not stress can increase cancer risk.


To take a step back and look more comprehensively at stress and whole body health, we've learned a lot. We know that our bodies react to our emotional life and acute stresses (recently, a man caught the exact moment of his heartbreak on his FitBit). Chronic stress can result in known effects on our cardiovascular and immune systems. We understand that stress is as inevitable as death and taxes. But perhaps the most powerful thing we can learn about stress is the way we handle and react to it can make an impressive difference in its effect on our bodies.


In Kelly McGonigle's 2013 TEDtalk, she corrects herself in years of health psychology practice. Turns out, stress doesn't have to be the boogey man. If a person perceives stress as dangerous, it is more likely to be. Conversely, if we take an easier approach to stress, it seems to harm us less. If we recognize that stress can motivate us and that we have techniques that can help us handle stress better, we can negate many of the bad effects of stress on our health. This is great news! Outlook is everything. And outlook is something we can improve in ourselves.


We don’t want to imply that stress can be handled with a magic wand and "voila!" But know that we can make changes (realizing it won’t be instantaneous) and know that a mindful approach to dealing with stress can be helpful for your psyche we well as your body.


So this month, you can begin to be aware of your ability to chart your own course with stress. And know that if you are in a stressful time, it doesn't have to negatively affect your health.


(Image credit: Anxiety by amenclinicsphotos ac via Flickr, Copyright Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0))

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