Breast imaging center open at Saint Joseph Mercy Brighton

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Saint Joseph Mercy Health System announced the opening of a 2,670- square-foot comprehensive Breast Imaging Center at St. Joseph Mercy Brighton health center. The Breast Imaging Center brings advanced imaging services that were not previously available locally in Brighton.

“The Breast Imaging Center is another example of how St. Joe’s provides remarkable care to the community using the most advanced medical technology available,” said John O’Malley, president of St. Joseph Mercy Livingston and St. Joseph Mercy Brighton health center. “Patients no longer need to travel to other communities for their images. A doctor can order tests right here in Brighton, and, if cancer is detected, we can expertly manage every aspect of the patient’s treatment through survivorship.”

The new Breast Imaging Center offers comprehensive breast care, including 3-D screening and diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound, stereotactic (X-ray guided) core biopsy, ultrasound guided core biopsy, excisional biopsy by a surgeon, and bone density.

In coordination with the opening of the new Breast Imaging Center, the St. Joseph Mercy Brighton Cancer Center has invested in the radiation treatment of cancer by upgrading to a new Varian TrueBeam® linear accelerator (LINAC) machine. A LINAC delivers high energy radiation (x-rays) customized to a tumor’s shape and destroys cancer cells while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue. The new fully-integrated system offers image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery, and can treat cancer anywhere in the body where radiation treatment is indicated, including in the lung, breast, prostate and head and neck.

The new machine, which will replace an older unit in May, will mean that patients living in Brighton will have access to top-notch, comprehensive cancer care close to home. The upgraded LINAC complements other cancer services offered in Brighton, including infusion, access to more than 100 clinical trials, cancer specific pastoral care, social work and genetic counseling .

The new Breast Imaging Center and the LINAC are part of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System’s $41 million transformation investment into Livingston County.

These investments include:

• St. Joe’s Brighton: A new 24/7 Short Stay Center with 18 private rooms and 6 private bays, a new operating room, expanded Specialty Center, new Joe’s Java Café, expanded food options and gift shop, Emergency Department rapid treatment program and pediatric telemedicine technologies for the Emergency Department.

• St. Joe’s Livingston: A new surgical suite with three advanced operating rooms, da Vinci® Si robotic surgery system, Sleep Disorder Center, Joe’s Java Café, cafeteria and gift shop.

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