Trend-Setting Women's Health Facility Nears Opening

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Trend-Setting Women's Health Facility Nears Opening


When Breast Imaging of Oklahoma opens in February, it will have the first dedicated breast MRI unit in the state, the eighth in the country.

The women's health facility will be the first major tenant in the Kelley Pointe Technology Park in Edmond. The opening is scheduled on Feb. 10, said Debra Mitchell, who is opening her radiology practice with two other breast-imaging physicians.

Kelley Pointe Technology Park is a 240-acre master planned business park at 33rd Street and Kelley Avenue in Edmond. Breast Imaging occupies the first two-story building located in Kelley Pointe Plaza, leasing about 10,000 square feet.

Mitchell, Kelly N. McDonough and Carol Sheldon will also offer digital mammography with computer-aided detection, bone densitometry, ultrasound and stereotactic breast biopsy, high-risk screening and genetic counseling.

The three female physicians were at the University of Oklahoma Breast Institute.

"We are committed to having the most technologically advanced equipment available to provide the best in breast imaging interpretation," said Mitchell.

The imaging center will also have a satellite at Edmond's Renaissance Hospital. Via digital technology, the annual mammograms taken at Renaissance will be interpreted at the Kelley Pointe site.

Breast MRI is not used for routine breast cancer screening, but rather is useful to provide more information about a suspicious area detected on a physical exam or mammogram, said Mitchell.

Also, MRI is the best method currently available for the evaluation of genetically at-risk individuals without clinical or mammographic abnormalities, according to the National Cancer Institute.

"We clearly understand the urgency for making substantive advances in the detection and management of breast disease," said Mitchell. "At Breast Imaging of Oklahoma, we focus on individualized care, with the help of technology, education and communication in a caring environment."

MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is diagnostic imaging technology that uses a strong magnetic field and radiofrequency wave to produce pictures or "images" of the breasts.

Images from MRI are extremely precise, so precise that we can often get nearly as much information from MRI as we could from looking directly at the tissue, she said. For this reason, MRI has the potential to reduce the need for certain diagnostic surgeries.

"MRI is the most sensitive detection tool for breast cancer that is currently available," said Mitchell.

The dedicated breast MRI can image both breasts at the same time, while a regular MRI can only do one at a time, she said. So, for a regular MRI, that means in order to have both breasts scanned, the patient has to do it on two separate days. Therefore, it is twice as expensive for the patient.

"Because MRI allows us to see inside your body from any angle with great clarity, it gives physicians a wealth of information more quickly and in many cases, more economically than with past tests and exploratory surgeries," said Mitchell. "We will also have the ability to biopsy the breast with MRI guidance, if needed. …

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