Breast cancer screening program at SMH to add Saturday appointments
Posted May 15,
Computed radiography (CR) mammogram machines the provincial government
announced this week will spend $25 million to replace and phase-out
over the next few months, will not impact the breast screening program
at Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH).
That's because SMH is already "equipped with a state-of-the-art Direct
Radiology (DR) mammography machine," similar units that will replace
the CR devices still used for approximately 20 per cent of mammograms
in Ontario. It has never been used at Stevenson.
"Our DR equipment is considered to be more effective and better at
detecting cancer than CR units," according to Annette Jones, SMH
President and CEO, in a press release. "We are confident that our
mammography patients have received appropriate radiological imaging and
encourage them to return to SMH for their next mammography or Ontario
Breast Screening Program appointment."
The Digital Mammography Suite opened at SMH in March, 2012, funded in
large part locally through the fundraising efforts of the SMH
Foundation and its Crystal Clear Campaign.
SMH has one GE Senographe Essential DR Mammo unit. In 2012-13 the program completed about 1,500 cases. It was down the first four months at the beginning of the fiscal year to renovate and install the new unit.
"Our technologists are highly trained and have received the Canadian
Breast Imaging (CBI) designation," added Jeff Kerk, Manager of
Diagnostic Imaging. "Our one-stop shop offers digital mammography and
breast ultrasound studies. It is also affiliated with the Ontario
Breast Screening Program (OBSP) and we have bone mineral densitometry
Beginning this summer, OBSP appointments will be available Saturdays at
Stevenson; expanding service currently open Monday to Friday.