Doctors Aren’t Using Genetic Testing

In our continuing focus this month on breast cancer awareness, we are sharing this article from Stanford Magazine:

Doctors Aren’t Using Genetic Testing to Inform Breast Cancer Treatment

And too many women are having life-altering surgery.

When Angelina Jolie wrote a 2013 op-ed piece for the New York Times telling of her decision to have her breasts removed to reduce her high risk for cancer, it brought the conversation about preventive mastectomy into the mainstream. Read full article.

By Melinda Sacks

Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer

Breast cancer: About 12 percent of women in the general population will develop breast cancer sometime during their lives. By contrast, according to the most recent estimates, 55 to 65 percent of women who inherit a harmful BRCA1 mutation and around 45 percent of women who inherit a harmful BRCA2 mutation will develop breast cancer by age 70 years.”

Click the infographic below for more important information on this topic.

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Support PIC’s Heart Walk Team

The Providence Imaging Center LIFE Matters Heart Walk team raised $600 during the September 23rd Heart Walk. There’s still time to support heart health in Alaska! Donations can be made through the month of October. Please visit the Providence Imaging Center LIFE Matters page and donate what you can today!

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Congratulations Britney!

And the recipient of the Dr. T Award for Clinical Excellence and Exemplary Customer Service on behalf of Providence Imaging Center is Britney Hert! Britney was presented her award on September 7th for her outstanding contribution to our Mammography department.

Way to go Britney!

New site, new tools.

Welcome to the new online home of Providence Imaging Center.

We hope that this reorganization of the information, tools and resources better serves you, our patients, and the clinicians who referred you to us. If there is any way we can further improve our site, please let us know by contacting the Marketing & Communication Program Director at (907) 212-6032 or emailing info@provimaging.com.

Thank you for visiting!

 

Thank you!

A heart felt thank you to all of the volunteers who showed their support and spent a gorgeous Saturday helping make Providence Imaging Center and our Mobile Mammogram program a shining light at the Rodeo Alaska Finals ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink’ event held at the Alaska State Fairgrounds on August 26th.

On the Road Again!

Providence Imaging Center Mobile Mammography program is excited to announce our Fall Road Trip schedule for 2017. Here’s a list of communities in Southcentral Alaska we’ll be reaching this fall. Watch our calendar for a location near you!

  • Talkeetna, Alaska
  • Cordova, Alaska
  • Valdez, Alaska 
  • Glennallen, Alaska
  • Soldotna, Alaska 
  • Kenai, Alaska 
  • Seward, Alaska
  • Hope, Alaska 
  • Sutton, Alaska 
  • Willow, Alaska 

Providence Breast Procedure Center Opens

Providence Imaging Center partners with Providence Alaska Medical Center in a new location

November 15, 2016

Providence Imaging Center (PIC) patients whose breast imaging study results in a biopsy or aspiration recommendation will have their procedure in a state of the art facility, located just next door.

The new Providence Breast Procedure Center (PBPC) is a partnership between PIC and Providence Alaska Medical Center. The PBPC offers patients one convenient site to undergo the following imaging-guided procedures:

  • Stereotactic biopsy and pre-surgery localization
  • Tomosynthesis/3D ™ biopsy and pre-surgery localization
  • Ultrasound-guided biopsy
  • Breast cyst or seroma aspiration

An image-guided biopsy allows the radiologist to sample the tissue in your breast without surgery. Mammographic or ultrasound guidance is used to find the arWelcome to the Providence Breast Procedure Center, a partnership between Providence Imaging Center and Providence Alaska Medical Center.ea. The radiologist will remove samples of breast tissue using a biopsy device. These tissue samples are sent to the pathologist for diagnosis.

A breast cyst or seroma aspiration allows the radiologist to remove fluid from the breast.

Located Adjacent to PIC’s Lobby

Patients who have had a mammogram at PIC in Anchorage will easily find the PBPC. It’s located on the first floor of the A Tower, entrance 4, at 3340 Providence Drive, just west of the A elevators. If you arrive at PIC, a friendly staffer will guide you a few short steps across the lobby to the check-in desk, kitty corner to the Medical Arts Pharmacy.

Understanding Your Bill(s)

Please note that patients who undergo a procedure at the PBPC will receive services from up to four unique entities:

  1.  Images produced by ultrasound/stereo/mammography will generate a bill for technical fees from PIC. PIC statements come from PC, Inc.
  2. The radiologist performing the procedure will submit a bill for his or her services from Alaska Radiology Associates.
  3. Providence Alaska Medical Center will submit a bill for facility charges from Providence Health and Services Alaska.
  4. If a biopsy if performed, a pathologist who analyzes tissue samples will bill for his/her services from ADL.

Expert Care and Experienced Partners

While the PBPC is new, the most important things stay the same: You’ve chosen to receive breast imaging services from the most comprehensive and compassionate breast imaging team in the state. PIC is Alaska’s first and Anchorage’s only breast imaging center of excellence.* PIC and the staff at the PBPC offer 30 years of imaging expertise. Our radiologists are the only Alaskan radiology group having radiologists with dedicated fellowship training in every major imaging sub-specialty, including interventional radiology (IR), neuroradiology, musculoskeletal imaging, women’s imaging, body imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, pediatric radiology and nuclear medicine.

We collaborate with other specialists and Providence experts located in the same campus, so you rarely have to travel far.

From the Providence Cancer Center and its genetic counselors, to the surgeons, pathologists and oncologists who work next door to us: thank you for entrusting us with your care.

* The American College of Radiology accredited PIC as a breast imaging center of excellence in 2008, a designation that is renewed every three years.

Free Screening Mammograms for Eligible Women

Do you want to get a screening mammogram, but lack insurance coverage? Maybe you have insurance, but it doesn’t cover preventive services such as a mammogram, or you have a high deductible.

Providence Imaging Center (PIC) is pleased to offer women ages 40-64 who meet certain income guidelines, a mammogram at no charge.

Here’s what the program offers:

  • Flexibility: Women may schedule their screening any time during 2016. Appointments are available Monday through Saturday.
  • Eligibility: PIC will ask questions to determine each woman’s financial situation. Our aim is to help those who do not have insurance, those who have insurance that doesn’t cover preventive services such as a mammogram or women who have a high deductible. We will determine if a woman qualifies for a state program* which provides more comprehensive coverage for breast or cervical issues.  Women who don’t qualify can access a special fund for screening mammograms. **
  • Location options: You don’t need to come to Providence Imaging Center in Anchorage. Our mobile coach also provides screening mammography as it travels across southcentral Alaska. A new mobile coach will arrive by late 2016, offering the same 3D technology as our Anchorage location. Contact our schedulers to see when the mobile coach will be in your area.

Don’t let financial issues determine whether you get this important screening test. Call PIC’s mammography line at (907) 212-MAMM (6266), or toll-free (888) 458-3151 to learn more, or to speak with our scheduling staff and set up an appointment. You may also request an appointment through our secure web portal. Simply mention that you interested in the free mammogram screening program, and the name of your healthcare provider. If you don’t have a provider, PIC can help you find one.

 

(907) 212-5827 fax | (907) 212-3151 mammography scheduling

* We partner with the State of Alaska’s Breast & Cervical Health Check program (BCHC), and help patients sign up for their grant program. Funds from BCHC will pay for the mammogram once the application is complete. Learn more at http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/wcfh/Pages/bchc/default.aspx

** Women who don’t qualify for the BCHC program will be covered in conjunction with the Providence Cancer Center, thanks to generous donations to the Providence Alaska Foundation, including financial gifts from CARRS/Safeway stores across Alaska.

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Read the Spring 2016 Imaging Update newsletter

Read our Spring 2016 Imaging Update newsletter, which was mailed to clinician offices across Alaska in April. You’ll find the latest news about our offerings, along with a visual feast of community happenings. Here are two ways to read it:

  1. Download as a PDF, which requires Adobe Reader, or
  2. Click on the newsletter thumbnail at the bottom of this page to launch a virtual version of the newsletter that should work on any computer screen or smartphone.