Health Gorilla, an online healthcare marketplace that provides doctors and clinicians with access to more than 9,000 diagnostic labs and 35,000 radiology centers, has signed a multi-year agreement with Breast Imaging Specialists, a provider of breast tomosynthesis services based in Los Gatos, Calif. The agreement will make the practice’s 3D mammography services available through the Health Gorilla site.
“Breast Imaging Specialists brings very advanced diagnostic technology and services to our marketplace” said Steven Yaskin, chief executive officer of Health Gorilla. “3D mammography has the real potential to save lives. Our marketplace enables customers such as Breast Imaging Specialists to process diagnostic imaging orders electronically and then deliver results rapidly and securely to doctors.”
Breast tomosynthesis continues to be explored as an alternative to traditional digital mammography, particularly for women with dense breasts for whom traditional exams may be insufficient to detect cancer. A recent multisite study published in the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association compared breast cancer detection rates for standard 2D mammography with those of tomosynthesis at 13 academic and non-academic breast cancer centers. Researchers found that tomosynthesis resulted in a decreased recall rate and a 41% increase in the breast cancer detection rate.
“It is our mission to bring the very best technology and expertise to our patients. Better diagnosis has the potential to save more lives,” said Dipa Patel, MD, chief medical officer at Breast Imaging Specialists. “The Health Gorilla Marketplace has enabled us to more easily and accurately extend our services to any doctor and to more rapidly support our mutual patients. We’ve set the stage to enable patient access to their data through the Health Gorilla Marketplace. It is a big win for us.”