Thunder Bay Achieving Gains in Drive for Better Cancer Care


THUNDER BAY – “The breast MRI illustrates TBRRI and TBRHSC’s drive to deliver the best care possible to patients, and our ambition to partner with Sentinelle Medical, a world-class industry leader,” says Michael Power, CEO of TBRRI and Regional Vice President of Cancer and Diagnostic Services TBRSHC. “This is the future of breast screening and assessment services and the benefit is indisputable, improving early detection of breast cancer for women in our community,” Power adds.

Patients at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) and scientists Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI) are now among a select few in Ontario who will have access to world-class Breast MRI technology.

The partnership between TBRRI, TBRHSC and Sentinelle Medical Incorporated, is an ideal opportunity to bring the new breast MRI to Northwestern Ontario. The technology has been purchased and Sentinelle Medical’s leading-edge Vanguard Breast MRI coil will be installed this August at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s Linda Buchan Centre.

The Sentinelle Vanguard Breast MRI Coil is the system currently used at many of the leading cancer centers around the world and is known for its proprietary Variable Coil GeometryTM – delivering improved image quality, greater access for interventional procedures and optimized patient comfort. TBRRI will be one of the first of these elite centers worldwide to be using the advanced 16 channel imaging technology, providing unprecedented imaging capabilities.

Cameron Piron, President of Sentinelle Medical agrees; “We are very pleased and honored to partner with TBRRI as a clinical and research partner in the fight against breast cancer. The support of the community and talent of the clinicians and researchers will ensure we will make great strides against this disease.”

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