As the Region’s largest acute care hospital, our vision at Grand River Hospital is to bring you exceptional care, now and in the future.
Serving more than 13,000 women annually, GRH’s Waterloo Wellington Breast Centre (WWBC) offers the Ontario Breast Screening Program with state-of-the-art screening equipment. The purpose of the OBSP is to encourage early detection of breast cancer by screening women 50 yearsof age and over with routine mammograms.
In addition to screening services, the WWBC is also home to the breast diagnostic assessment program. Women with a new breast lump or abnormal breast imaging are provided with a seamless one day service giving
them access to health care providers specializing in breast imaging, ultrasound, and breast biopsy guided by mammography or ultrasound. Care providers include breast surgeons, radiologists, nurse navigators and imaging technologists.
“Our staff has built individual relationships with patients based on trust and compassion. We’re very proud that so many women from across our region trust us with their care.” Dr. Eugene Rafferty, Interim GRH Medical Director and Chief of Radiology who has provided medical leadership since the inception of the WWBC.
Currently, the WWBC operates its programs with two full field digital mammography machines. Digital full field mammography is the gold standard in breast screening and assessment, providing high quality images, reduced radiation for patients, and user-friendly technology for front-line clinicians.
If a woman has a suspicious finding, her care is expedited. However, women screened through the OBSP program wait 14 weeks for a routine mammogram. With current patient demand, and the addition of a third unit, the WWBC expects to reduce its wait time to approximately 8 weeks.
According to Dr. Samantha Fienberg, WWBC Breast Imaging Lead Radiologist and Regional Breast Imaging Lead for Cancer Care Ontario, “mammography remains the best screening tool for most women. Thesupport of the community to fund an additional full field digital mammography unit at the WWBC will ensure our screening and assessment programs can be provided in a timely basis to women in our community.”
The Waterloo Wellington Breast Centre has proven to be a trusted leader in the care of women from our region and promotion of breast health. The addition of a third full field digital mammography unit will ensure its continued success through its screening and assessment programs.
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