McMaster University

McMaster University

Breast Imaging/Cross-sectional Imaging

Juravinski Hospital

The Juravinski Hospital is one of four teaching hospital within Hamilton Health Sciences. Nestled on the mountain brow, the Juravinski Hospital is a tertiary care referral site for Central West Ontario, providing specialized care for a population of 2.2 million people. There is a large volume of pathology referred for diagnosis, management and follow-up.

Given its affiliation with the neighbouring Juravinski Cancer Centre, there is a high volume of oncology-related imaging. There is a large outpatient oncology referral base, in addition to inpatient acute care population, including adult Hematology-Oncology and the regional Hepatobiliary surgical service.

Acute care facilities include Coronary Care and Intensive Care Units. The Juravinski Hospital also includes a busy general orthopedic and arthroplasty program, as well as general surgery and internal medicine practices, including an internal medicine clinical teaching unit.

The Diagnostic Imaging department is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment including two 64-slice CT scanners: Toshiba VCT and GE Discovery, as well as a 3T GE Discovery MRI.

The Juravinski Hospital radiology group boasts a collegial working atmosphere. The radiologists have strong working relationships with surgeons, internists, pathologists and oncologists. Fellows are a welcome addition to this positive work and educational environment. Fellowships are flexible and can be tailored to the particular interests of the applicant. There are ample research opportunities within the department.

This fellowship experience exposes the learner to a busy screening, diagnostic and post-surgical breast imaging population. The fellow will participate in mammography, breast ultrasound, stereotactic and US guided biopsies, galactograms, needle localization and breast MRI. There is exposure to all aspects of oncology imaging, related to chest and abdomen, male and female pelvis and neuro-oncology.

Fellows are actively involved in cross-sectional imaging including CT, 3T MRI and US. There is an active Breast MRI imaging service, with 3 experienced breast MRI staff radiologists.

The breast imaging team works closely with breast surgeons and breast pathologists. There are weekly radiology-pathology conferences, reviewing all breast biopsy cases, as well as weekly conferences with the medical and radiation oncology teams.

We are excited to announce the construction of the CIBC Breast Assessment Unit, scheduled to open in mid 2013. Mammography and breast ultrasound will be performed in the unit, with a dedicated breast imager on site. Diagnostic cases currently performed at the Chedoke site will also be transferred to the breast assessment unit.

Further inquiries can be directed to Marilynn Scott at scottmar@HHSC.CA


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