"The most important thing about our new Breast Wellness Centre is that everything is in one place," said Dr. Karina Bukhanov, a radiologist and breast imaging specialist.
"Once a mammography is done, if there is an abnormality, we do our own recalls," said Bukhanov
"If a biopsy is required, it can be done under ultrasound guidance or sometimes under mammographic guidance," said Bukhanov
"If a patient still requires further assessment, we can do an MRI, so we have everything on site to be able to diagnose abnormality.
By the end of our diagnosis, we're very clear if what we found is benign or normal, or if the patient requires surgery."
Prior to surgery, the breast centre is often called on to administer preoperative needle localization, which involves inserting a wire to help the surgeon localize the tumor in the OR.
Bukhanov, who also works at Princess Margaret and Mount Sinai hospitals in Toronto, said Timmins and District has everything they have with the exception of digital tomosynthesis, "an added technique that creates a 3D picture of the breast and allows us to scroll through it.
"Not all breast centres have it, but it's certainly something we'll be looking to acquire down the road."
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