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Monday, February 13, 2012

NEW EQUIPMENT AT HSN HELPS IN DETECTION OF BREAST CANCER THANKS TO HSN FOUNDATION

New technology at Health Sciences North/Horizon Sante-Nord (HSN) will greatly enhance the ability of clinicians to detect breast cancer in patients. A special breast coil has been purchased that will allow HSN’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine to be used for breast examinations. Previously, women had to travel to Timmins or Toronto for this test.

The cost of the new breast coil technology is approximately $250,000 and was raised by the HSN Foundation in cooperation with the Angels in Pink, the Janis Foligno Foundation and the Schuster Boyd Macdonald Chip In for Charity, Greater Sudbury’s longest-running charity golf tournament

MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor, transmitted electronically, or copied to a CD. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays).

Images taken by the MRI breast coil will allow physicians to better evaluate breast tissue and determine the presence of certain diseases that may not be assessed adequately with other imaging methods such as ultrasound or mammography.

“This is a major step forward in the detection and treatment of breast cancer, “says Dr. Evan Roberts, a radiologist at HSN. “By getting more detailed images of breast tissue, we can improve treatment options and outcomes for our patients.”

”We are proud to have worked with these community groups to help achieve a goal that means so much to so many,” adds Alan Arkilander, Vice Chair of the Health Sciences North Foundation. “This is a perfect example of all of us coming together through support and donations to purchase this breast coil that will make a difference to health care in our community."

“This is a fabulous day for health care in Greater Sudbury,” says Annette Cressy of Angels in Pink. “Angels in Pink are proud and honoured to have played a role in bringing the breast coil to Health Sciences North, and this is going to greatly enhance early detection of breast cancer in our city and northeastern Ontario. Early detection saves lives.”

“Chip In For Charity has a long proud history of raising funds for medical equipment here in Greater Sudbury, “ says Joe McDonald, Chair of Chip In For Charity. “This purchase is proof of our ongoing commitment to the health of our community.”

"On behalf of my family, I am pleased and proud that the Janis Foligno Foundation contributed to the purchase of this much-needed breast coil,” says Mike Foligno. “I would like to thank the Foundation's many generous donors, especially the young boys and girls who play hockey in Greater Sudbury, Northern Ontario, and the Sudbury Wolves. Congratulations to all!"

“The acquisition of this new technology is a huge windfall for the health care professionals at Health Sciences North as well as the patients who would otherwise need to travel a greater distance for this service, “ adds the Honourable Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Northern Development and Mines. “Congratulations to everyone involved."

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