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From the Kansas City Business Journal


Johnson County Imaging Center, a local physician-owned imaging center, has changed its name to Element Medical Imaging as it expands into Missouri.

Alongside its flagship 11,000-square-foot center at 112th Street and College Boulevard, Element opened a 7,500-square-foot facility in Lee's Summit. A 7,000-square-foot imaging center will open in April in Kansas City's Northland.

The imaging center officially rebranded in November, but Dr. Luke Wilson, orthopedic radiologist and managing partner of Element, told the Kansas City Business Journal that the decision to expand has been well underway for at least 18 months.

"Most of the growth factors pushing us to expand aren't really revenue-driven. They're more market-driven," Wilson said. "As physicians, you hear a lot of buzzwords — particularly as the presidential election heats up — about 'value-based medicine' and 'price transparency.' As a physician, I'm not even really sure what those terms mean. It's not like physicians don't offer value. But value-based medicine basically just means, how can health systems provide exceptional medical care at a reasonable price? Our expansion was strategic in the sense that we feel like physicians can control the price of health care, much more so than insurance companies and hospitals, and that's what drove us to the expansion."

From Fox4 News – Fox4KC.com

 

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.  — 3-D mammography is the latest tool to find breast cancer. But is it better? The largest study to date shows it is. 3-D detected about 40 percent more invasive breast cancers than 2-D.

When Cathy Bacon had her annual mammogram in April, she decided to have 3-D imaging added to her standard digital mammogram. Element Medical Imaging had just started offering the technique which takes multiple x-ray images and puts them into 3-D for the radiologist.

“I am able to actually look through the breast instead of having all the breast tissue compressed,” said Dr. Kimberly Roys.

Bacon figured 3-D offered a better chance at finding cancer.

“Whatever you do to improve your chances, that’s what you want to do,” she said.

In Bacon’s case, it did find cancer. The radiologist said the tumor was somewhat obscured in the standard 2-D view of Bacon’s dense breast tissue.