New Mammography Machine Coming to SBGHC Walkerton

A new mammography machine will be installed at South Bruce Grey Health Centre’s (SBGHC) Walkerton hospital site this fall. 

The new Seno Pristina Digital Mammography System from GE Healthcare, featuring modern technologies that will allow for potential program enhancement, including Tomosynthesis (3D anatomical view) and Contrast Enhanced Mammography (injection of X-ray dye through an IV to highlight blood vessels), will replace the current equipment that has been in place since 2008. 

The total project cost of $485,000 has been generously supported by the Walkerton & District Hospital Foundation. 

“The Walkerton and District Hospital Foundation is privileged to work with our local hospital to endeavor to acquire the most up to date equipment to keep the Walkerton Hospital current,” says Mark Gaynor, Walkerton and District Hospital Foundation Chair.  “We thank our wonderful community for the support they continue to show us through our ongoing Mammography Campaign.”

The new equipment was ordered in July 2021 and is expected to be installed in September and operational in early October 2021.  Beginning August 24, the mammography suite will be decommissioned to begin construction to enlarge the current space to accommodate the new equipment.  During the construction period, mammograms will be scheduled for patients at SBGHC’s Kincardine site.

“We sincerely appreciate the ongoing support of the Foundation and the community,” says Michael Barrett, SBGHC President and CEO.  “The Foundation’s significant contribution to purchase a new mammography machine will ensure that SBGHC can continue to provide this important service for the Walkerton community and surrounding area.”

The mammography program at the Walkerton hospital supports both the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) and the Breast Assessment Program (BAP), performing over 2,000 mammograms annually.

The Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) provides routine screening for woman between the ages of 50-74, across 160 locations in Ontario. Woman can book their own appointment, regardless if they have a family physician, and are reminded by mail when they are due for their next screening. Both the participant and primary care provider receives screening results. The program will help to set up further testing if required.

The Breast Assessment Program (BAP) provides follow up testing for patients with concerning mammograms. Patients are called back for further mammographic images, an ultrasound and biopsy if required. Radiologist reviews images same day and will offer biopsy if needed.