General Fact SheetJanuary 02, 2015< Back To News
Who is Solis Mammography?
- Solis is a network of breast screening and diagnostic centers with a unified purpose – delivering exceptional care and peace of mind in breast health.
- As the nation’s largest independent provider of mammography services, the company operates both wholly owned facilities and several successful joint ventures with hospital partners.
- Solis is headquartered in Addison, Texas, and has 39 dedicated breast imaging centers across six major markets – North Texas; Houston, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Columbus, Ohio; Greensboro, North Carolina, and through its recent acquisition of Washington Radiology Associates (WRA), the D.C. metropolitan area.
- Since 1986, Solis has been providing breast healthcare to nearly 600,000 women annually and remains committed to providing an exceptional Peace of Mind Mammogram™ experience to every patient.
- Solis is supported by the largest collection of collaborative breast imaging specialists in the U.S. They are all physicians who have specialized in one thing – breast imaging.
- Clinical research shows there is a significant difference in the quality of interpretation between general radiologists and those with breast imaging specialization. Patients experience better early detection and lower recall rates.(Radiology, 2002)
What healthcare services does Solis offer women?
- Solis provides a complete range of highly specialized breast health services, including screening and diagnostic mammography, computer-aided detection, breast ultrasound, bone densitometry, stereotactic biopsy, and ultrasound-guided biopsy.
- The Solis Mammography model is built around extensive clinical research advocating the most proven attributes for providing the most accurate mammography results:
- Research shows that screening mammography is most accurate when done by specialized radiologists who spend more than 70 percent of their time performing breast imaging.* (American Journal of Roentgenology, 2006) Solis breast imaging specialists exceed this requirement and are dedicated to researching and reading breast imaging in their practice, through both 2D and 3D screening and diagnostic mammograms.
- Solis breast imaging specialists spend more than 90 percent of their time performing breast imaging and read a high volume of both screening and diagnostic mammograms.
- Solis offers women 3D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, in addition to the standard 2D mammography, to provide radiologists with multiple, clear details of the breast exam.
- Imagine a book with clear covers and pages. With 2D conventional digital mammography the radiologist must peer through the cover and all the pages at once, looking for a single word that does not have the same characteristics of all the other words. Since 3D mammography images the breast in discreet 1mm slices, the radiologist now has the ability look for that abnormal word one page at a time.
- When 3D imaging is added to standard 2D imaging, research shows a 37 percent reduction in unnecessary patient callbacks.* (American Journal of Roentgenology, 2013).
- For a standard 2D mammogram screening, there is no cost for a woman with insurance, regardless of her deductible. The Affordable Care Act requires that nearly all insurers cover mammography screening annually. For women with no insurance, the out-of-pocket cost for a 2D mammogram is about $99.
- Medicare now covers 100 percent of the cost of 3D mammography screening. Coverages for other insurance companies vary by plan and policy. If a patient’s 3D mammogram is not covered by insurance, the out-of-pocket costs range between $50 and $100.
In addition to innovations like 3D mammography, how else does Solis integrate technology?
- Scheduling. In order to make it fast and easy to schedule an appointment, Solis offers real-time, online scheduling so a woman can schedule her own mammogram at the center of her choice and on the day and time that works best for her at www.solismammo.com or by phone at 1-866-717-2551.
- Registration. Our electronic check-in service for appointments typically takes 2-3 minutes. For returning patients, information is kept from the prior year, so in many cases patients only need to update new information.
- Delivering results. Most women will receive prompt delivery of their results in a secure email – usually within 24 hours of their scan. And most of the results will be “all clear for another year.”
Who is on the company’s executive leadership team?
- James Polfreman, Chief Executive Officer
- Stephen Rose, M.D., Chief Medical Officer
- Ted Bucknam, Chief Operations Officer
- Brian Kriete, Chief Financial Officer
- Michael Bennett, Chief Development Officer
- Marta Velasco, Vice President of Marketing and Client Relations
Studies cited in fact sheet:
- Friedewald SM, Rafferty EA, Rose SL et al. Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography.JAMA. 2014; 311(24):2499-2507.doi.10.1001/jama.2014.6095.
- Rose, S, Tidwell, A, Bujnockh, L, Kushwaha, A, Nordmann, A, Sexton, R. Implementation of Breast Tomosynthesis in a Routine Screening Practice: An Observational Study. American Roentgen Ray Society, AJR 2013, 200: 1401-1408.
- Lewis RS, Sunshine JH, Bhargayan M. A Portrait of Breast Imaging Specialists and of the Interpretation of Mammography in the United States. AJR 2006; 187; W456-W468.
- Sickles, AE, Wolverton, DE, Dee, KE. Performance Parameters for Screening and Diagnostic Mammography: Specialist and General Radiologists. Radiology 2002; 224-3: 861-869.