(June 29, 2015, Muskoka Release) – Digital mammography at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Site is bringing high-quality breast screening closer to the home and cottage for patients across south Muskoka. The new, digital equipment will advance breast imaging for breast cancer screening and diagnosis in both men and women.
“Having such sophisticated equipment improves our ability to screen for cancer and produces better images that offer improved accuracy and detection,” says Natalie Bubela, Chief Executive Officer at Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare. “Not only is the imaging quality better, digital mammography is safer for patients as it reduces the amount of radiation exposure to the patient in comparison to film. Digital mammography makes it easier for the technologist to correct positioning to record the best possible image and gives our Radiologists more tools for manipulating and magnifying the images.”
The new equipment would not have been possible without the tremendous funding support of the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation and the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, which split the $500,000 cost of fundraising for the equipment.
Mammography at the SMMH Site is part of the Ontario Breast Screening Program. Nearly 3,000 mammograms are completed at SMMH annually.
“The SMMH Auxiliary was pleased to support the breast screening program with a $250,000 pledge to the new digital mammography machine,” says Auxiliary president Jan Davidson.
The new digital mammography unit includes Stereotactic capability for completing breast biopsies in the future, as well as Tomosynthesis capability, also referred to as 3D breast imaging, to assist when diagnosing patients with dense breast tissue or any questionable findings. We anticipate implementing these additional services later this year.
“The imaging is far better and faster,” adds Radiologist Dr. Jack McCann. “The new unit further enhances patient care through a film digitizer that can convert our archived films to digital images so they can be compared to future breast exams.”
Through technology, images will also be available to other medical professionals using the diagnostic imaging repository.
“Please help put breast health at the forefront and support this project by making a donation through the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation’s Get Better campaign,” adds Colin Miller, Executive Director of the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation.
Submitted Photo: Colin Miller, Executive Director of the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation, MAHC CEO Natalie Bubela, and members of the Auxiliary to the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital including Sharon Davis, Caroline Boyes, Shirley McAnsh-Booth and Jan Davidson, with the new digital mammography unit.