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The Women's Imaging Center At Cary Medical Center Provides Advanced, Comprehensive Breast Care For Women in Aroostook County

With the focus on patient comfort, convenience, and privacy, the Women's Imaging Center at Cary Medical Center features the most advanced diagnostic mammography services in Northern Maine, including the addition of state-of-the-art digital mammography and stereotactic breast biopsy systems.

The Women's Imaging Center features the Siemens Mammomat Inspiration Full-Field Digital Mammography, and Siemens MammoTest Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Systems. The Mammomat Inspiration offers digital screening and diagnostic mammography producing excellent image quality using industry leading technology designed to minimize the patient's radiation dose and exposure time. There currently is no other unit of its kind north of Boston.

Message from Dr. Laferriere Complementing the technology, the Center provides a "spa" like private patient waiting area and individual changing rooms with personal lockable armoires. The center's specialty trained mammography team also engages patients in a "navigation process" helping women through their procedures whether a routine screening mammogram or a diagnostic exam, making sure the patient has the best possible experience with support from her medical team.

"Our patient navigator program is designed to enhance access to all aspects of breast care at Cary by helping to provide more efficient delivery of care, improved sharing of resources, and removal of barriers to care, all through enhanced relationships with each of our patients," ex
plained Shawn Laferriere, DO, Medical Director of Radiology at Cary Medical Center. "We are proud to not only have advanced state-of-the-art technologies in northern Maine, but to also have an overall breast care program designed at improving the coordination of high quality breast care. This means providing same-day diagnostic mammography results for our patients with the opportunity to meet with one of our radiologists and review their exam one-on-one, so that each patient understands their results before they leave the center."

The $800,000 hospital project was funded through a capital campaign project by the Jefferson Cary Foundation. With generous donations totaling just over $780,000 to date from several sources, including both Cary and Pines Health Services employees, volunteers, and board members; the Cary Ladies Auxiliary, the Foundation, and many corporate/community donations, the Center opened in December 2012.

"We are so grateful and humbled by the generosity and support for this project by our Cary and Pines families, all of the local civic groups, corporate and individual donors and local community, " said Kris Doody, RN, MSB, Cary Chief Executive Officer. "Early detection of breast cancer with regular mammogram screenings is so critical for our patients. The time is now right for the hospital to raise the bar in making these advanced services available to them."

"Our response to the Imaging Center has been just what we had hoped, "WOW," commented Leslie Anderson, PT, MSB, Manager of Imaging and Rehabilitation Services. "The Center clearly has captured the "Spas" feeling, and the unique "Water Wall" in our private waiting room offers a special touch completing a relaxing, calming and peaceful experience. We have established a complete Breast Health Program, and invite women from all over Northern Maine to have their next mammogram with us."

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