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GRH’s Waterloo Wellington Breast Centre marks 10 years of exceptional care

KITCHENER - Grand River Hospital (GRH) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Waterloo Wellington Breast Centre. The centre has evolved over the past decade and added advanced technology to provide the best care for women.

“The breast centre is a very special part of GRH’s Freeport Campus,” said Jane Martin, vice president of cancer services for GRH.

“We have exceptional staff using the latest in technology to provide women with routine breast screening, as well as a range of diagnostic services to help provide answers faster for breast lesions.”

The breast centre has evolved from a pair of full field digital mammography machines and one dedicated ultrasound unit in 2007.

The centre is now equipped with three full field digital mammography machines and two dedicated ultrasound units.

Newer mammography units also have tomosynthesis or “3D mammography” giving imaging experts a clearer look at breast tissue than previous technology.

Radiologists can view images of the breast in “slices” to see greater detail. The center also provides on-site mammographic and ultrasound-guided interventional procedures.

The centre is also a component of a diagnostic assessment program established in 2007.

During a same day visit at the breast centre, women can have imaging completed, see a surgeon and nurse navigator, and, if required, undergo a breast biopsy.

“Having the assessment program is one of the best ways we can support the physical health and wellbeing of our patients,” said Dr. Samantha Fienberg, the breast screening lead for Waterloo Wellington.

“When you have a suspicious lesion, you want to know as much as possible as fast as possible. The diagnostic breast assessment program at the breast centre helps make that a reality for patients.”

GRH encourages women to undergo regular screening mammograms to aid in the early detection of breast cancer.

To book an appointment, call 519-749-4270.

November 10, 2017


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