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Decades-long Drop in Breast Cancer Death Rate Continues

October 30, 2019 —
Mortality decline has slowed in recent years. Breast cancer now leading cause of cancer death for black women in six states.

A decades-long decline in the breast cancer death rate continues, but has begun to slow in recent years, while breast cancer incidence rates continue to inch up.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer (excluding skin cancers) diagnosed among U.S. women and is the second leading cause of cancer death among women after lung cancer. In 2019, approximately 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among U.S. women, and 41,760 women will die from the disease.

The overall breast cancer death rate has decreased consistently since 1989, attributed both to improvements in early detection (through screening as well as increased awareness of symptoms) and treatment for a total decline of 40 percent through 2017. As a result of this decline, 375,900 breast cancer deaths have been averted in U.S. women through 2017.

The latest data shows that the pace of the mortality decline has slowed in recent years — from a drop of 1.9 percent per year during 1998 through 2011 to 1.3 percent per year during 2011 through 2017, largely driven by the trend in white women. Consequently, the black-white disparity in breast cancer mortality that widened over the past three decades has remained stable since 2011. Nevertheless, in the most recent period (2013-2017), the breast cancer death rate was 40 percent higher in black women versus white women, despite slightly lower incidence rates. This disparity is magnified among black women under 50, among whom the death is rate double that of white women.

In the most recent 5-year period (2013-2017), the breast cancer death rate declined by 2.1 percent per year in Hispanics/Latinas, 1.5 percent per year in blacks, 1 percent per year in whites, and 0.8 percent per year in Asians/Pacific Islanders, and was stable in American Indians/Alaska Natives. However, mortality rates are no longer declining for black women in Colorado and Wisconsin and for white women in Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia.

To find out more about breast cancer detection, go to inlandimaging.com/breast-imaging, or call to schedule your annual screening mammogram at (509) 455-4455.

Early detection saves lives.

Inland Imaging Earns IAC Vein Center Accreditaion

November 2019 — Inland Imaging recently completed the accreditation process through the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for our vascular labs at Providence Holy Family Hospital, and our South Cowley, and Valley Imaging Centers.
The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) accredits vein centers that perform evaluation and management of superficial venous disorders. IAC accreditation is a means by which facilities can evaluate and demonstrate the level of patient care they provide. IAC Vein Center accreditation is granted for a three-year period from the original date of decision.

Inland Imaging Launches the Region’s Most Advanced Outpatient Interventional Radiology Lab.

[Spokane, WA] October 9, 2019 - Inland Imaging has launched a new, state-of-the-art Outpatient Based Interventional Lab (OBIL) within the company’s recently expanded imaging center on the campus of Providence Holy Family Hospital.

The new facility is the first outpatient imaging center in the world to implement new state-of-the-art medical imaging and clinical technology developed by GE. The lab now offers the region’s patients access to the highest level of medical expertise and technology in a easy-to-access and flexible setting. Due to its convenient outpatient location, costs are dramatically lower than in traditional inpatient settings.

Inland Imaging’s team of six interventional radiologists specialize in providing minimally invasive treatments for vascular disease, cancer, aneurysms, uterine fibroids, enlarged prostates, and many other medical conditions that once could only be treated by conventional surgery.

“In the past, patients would have had to travel to a much larger city to find a hospital with this kind of state-of-the-art facility,” says Dr. Jayson Brower, an interventional radiology specialist and company president. “In our new outpatient setting, we can serve more patients, using the most capable and sophisticated technology available today.”

What is Interventional Radiology?
Interventional radiology involves the use of imaging technology to aid in the performance of medical procedures inside the body. Image-guided procedures are less risky, offer faster recovery times, and are generally more cost-effective than the surgical alternative.

Inland Imaging’s team of interventional radiology specialists are board-certified physicians with special training in performing image-guided medical procedures.

Learn more at interventional.inlandimaging.com

INSIDE VIEW - SUMMER 2019

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  • MOST CURRENT AND FORMER HEAVY SMOKERS AREN’T BEING SCREENED FOR LUNG CANCER.
  • INLAND EXPANDS IN NORTH SPOKANE
  • LIVER ELASTOGRAPHY: AN ALTERNATIVE TO INVASIVE BIOPSY
  • VIRTUAL COLONOSCOPY: A LESS INVASIVE WAY TO SCREEN FOR COLON CANCER

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INSIDE VIEW - MAY 2019

In This Issue

  • INLAND IMAGING INTRODUCES SAVI SCOUT WIRE-FREE RADAR LOCALIZATION FOR BREAST BIOPSIES
  • CARDIAC MRI GETS TO THE HEART OF THINGS
  • BOB WHITE JOINS INLAND IMAGING AS CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
  • NEW CINEMAVISION GOGGLES HELP EASE ANXIETY AND CLAUSTROPHOBIA FOR MRI PATIENTS

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INLAND IMAGING INTRODUCES SAVI SCOUT WIRE-FREE RADAR LOCALIZATION FOR BREAST BIOPSIES
May 2019 — This New Technology is Designed to Make Breast Cancer Biopsies Easier, Less Invasive, and Less Stressful for Women. Women deserve the best possible care when it comes to breast cancer treatment. Inland Imaging, in conjunction with Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Providence Holy Family Hospital, is introducing the SAVI SCOUT wire-free radar localization system. The acquisition of this technology is funded by a grant from Providence Health Care Foundation. SCOUT uses radar for a zero-radiation and wire-free solution designed to aid physicians in locating a suspected tumor during a surgical biopsy or lumpectomy. Many women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer today choose to have breast conserving treatment, also referred to as BCT rather than a mastectomy. BCT focuses on removing the tumor alone, allowing women to keep as much healthy breast tissue as possible. Traditionally, lumpectomy and surgical biopsy procedures involve wire localization — inserting a wire into the breast to help the physician locate the tissue that is to be biopsied or removed. The wire needs to be inserted the day of the surgery. Radar technology has been used for decades, but Cianna Medical’s SAVI SCOUT is the first system to adapt this technology for use in human tissue. Instead of wires, a small reflector the size of a grain of rice is placed into the breast. The reflector can be placed at any time prior to surgery, at the patient’s convenience. The SCOUT system detects the reflector using its unique radar signal during the surgical procedure. Using SCOUT, surgeons can precisely target the affected tissue to pinpoint its location within 1-milimeter, which can mean more successful surgeries, optimized breast conservation, and enhanced outcomes for women. Whenever we discover exciting new knowledge and technologies that can improve our breast biopsy patients’ comfort, experience, and outcomes, you can count on Inland Imaging to deliver — with answers you can trust and care you can count on.
CARDIAC MRI GETS TO THE HEART OF THINGS
Advanced MRI Technology can now show detailed images of the heart. APRIL 2019 — Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses magnetic fields and radio waves to generate images of the body. MRI has become a very valuable diagnostic tool detecting everything from cancer, heart and vascular disease, strokes, and disorders of the joints and musculoskeletal system. MRI often also allows physicians to avoid unnecessary surgery and more invasive diagnostic procedures. MRI technology produces extremely detailed images of body tissue, organs and bones without the need for radiation. A Cardiac MRI exam at Inland Imaging offers a clear window into the heart and vascular system, allowing physicians to view—with exceptional detail—the function and structure of the heart, heart chambers, valves and major vessels. This information helps physicians diagnose and treat a variety of cardiovascular conditions. For example, a Cardiac MRI may help detect and evaluate coronary artery disease or defects with the heart chambers or valves. It is also used to determine the extent of damage caused by a heart attack or progressive heart disease and to measure the buildup of plaque and blockages in the blood vessels. If you’re concerned about heart health, talk with your physician to see if the answers a Cardiac MRI will provide might be of value in determining the steps you can take to improve your overall cardiac fitness and health. News
BOB WHITE JOINS INLAND IMAGING AS CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
MARCH 2019 — Inland Imaging welcomes Robert “Bob” White as the new COO for Inland Imaging, LLC, managing the staffing and operations of the company’s Spokane area imaging centers, Pacific Medical Imaging Department in Seattle and the Sacred Heart Radiology Department. Bob will be working for Inland Imaging Business Associates filling the role that was created by Kathleen Wilson’s retirement. Bob comes to us with over 20 years of executive leadership experience in radiology and healthcare, most recently serving as the COO for Greensboro Radiology in North Carolina for the past 5 years. Prior to that Bob was the Administrative Director of Ancillary Services for Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation and the Director of Imaging Services for Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Bob brings with him a passion for patient care, employee engagement and organizational culture. He joined Inland Imaging’s executive leadership team in March of 2019.Air Max 90 YEEZY 2 SP
NEW CINEMAVISION GOGGLES HELP EASE ANXIETY AND CLAUSTROPHOBIA FOR MRI PATIENTS
MARCH 2019 — Having an MRI exam can be intimidating. At Inland Imaging, patient comfort is one of our top priorities. To ensure our patients have the best imaging experience possible, we now offer Cinemavision goggles to patients undergoing MRI procedures. During an often lengthy or noisy scan, Cinemavision goggles allow patients to watch a DVD, broadcast television, or listen to an iPod, internet radio or an MP3 player. For patients suffering from claustrophobia, MRI scans can be stressful and full of anxiety. Through Cinemavision, patients can forget that they are even in an MRI scanner and help put their claustrophobia fears to rest. By utilizing wide-bore and open MRI scanners with Cinemavision goggles, Inland Imaging has effective tools to help you overcome your MRI fears. These goggles have also proven to be effective when used by veterans suffering from PTSD. Reducing the Need for Medical Sedation Sedation is sometimes required for pediatric patients, or for adults who experience severe claustrophobia. Medication is sometimes suggested depending on the age of the child and length of procedure for those who are unable to stay still for the duration of the scan. Fortunately, Cinemavision can be a helpful tool and in some cases may eliminate the need for sedation medication entirely. Creating a Less Stressful Imaging Experience Cinemavision goggles are just another way the team at Inland Imaging is working to help make your MRI experience more relaxed and stress-free. If your physician orders an MRI exam for you, ask us about how Cinemavision can help improve your medical imaging experience. Lunarcharge Premium
Inside View - February 2019

In This Issue

  • CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE IS AMERICA’S NUMBER ONE KILLER. SO HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE AT RISK?
  • COLUMBIA BASIN IMAGING IS NOW INLAND IMAGING
  • LUNGVIEW: TRACKING OUTCOMES – IMPROVING CARE
  • INLAND IMAGING INTRODUCES RAPID: THE NEW STANDARD FOR ADVANCED STROKE IMAGING

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