The New Beekley Imaging Center at UConn Health is Saving Lives by Catching Breast Cancer Faster


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – The new Women’s Center at UConn Health’s Outpatient Pavilion recently opened including its state-of-the-art Beekley Imaging Center that is on the forefront of breast cancer screening.

The causes of breast cancer are still unknown, and to date the only effective method of dealing with this challenging problem is routine screening and early detection. Breast cancer specialists and radiologists at The Beekley Imaging Center are hoping to take the waiting and the worry out of breast cancer screening. While offering both traditional and advanced breast cancer screening, it newly offers same-day imaging results, along with other same-day follow-up testing. Studies show if a woman has to wait more than 4 days for her results she can be more prone to experience high-levels of stress. By offering same-day results, this could bring much relief to patients.

Breast screening is anxiety provoking and it doesn’t matter whether you had cancer or not in the past. It may be a reason why some women choose not to come. Other reasons are age, like for breast cancer survivor Abbie O’Brien. A few years ago she found a lump in her breast. She didn’t think at all it could be breast cancer or that she could get it in her thirties.” I was 35 years old, and I just didn’t think it would be breast cancer,” said O’Brien. Screening tests at UConn Health diagnosed a large breast cancer tumor. Abigail successfully received chemotherapy, a double mastectomy surgery and radiation therapy at UConn Health. She is now cancer free.

More about the Center’s Latest Breast Screening Technology:

  1. The new Imaging Center has two advanced 3D mammogram machines called GeniusTM 3D MAMMOGRAPHYTM offering more precise and clearer imaging of the breast at the lowest possible doses of radiation. In addition, the Center offers traditional mammography, breast ultrasound imaging, all breast interventions, and personalized patient care.
  2. For more challenging to image dense breast tissue, this October the Center is getting a special 3D automated ultrasound technology called SOFIA. A woman will now be able to lay down on her stomach on the machine’s cushioned table and have both of her breasts fully scanned (360 degrees) in less than 10 minutes by the machine’s ultrasound waves. The Imaging Center will be doing follow-up research comparing the effectiveness of screening with the automated ultrasound technology versus the traditional hand-held ultrasound.
  1. UConn Health is conducting research to test the effectiveness of additionally using an abbreviated five-minute MRI scan to confirm or rule out a breast cancer diagnosis. Typically an MRI takes 20 minutes to be performed, but researchers at UConn Health are seeing that a briefer MRI scan of just a few minutes can help give them a more definitive answer if an abnormal breast growth is cancer or not – and help them potentially avoid the biopsy process.
  1. In addition, a Breast Nurse Navigator of the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center will now be onsite at the Women’s Center at UConn Health to help any woman with an abnormal result have a seamless, coordinated and rapid experience to follow-up testing and care. Also, access to consultations with the breast surgery or oncology teams are also available in the same location or Outpatient Pavilion building.


More Information:

This summer UConn Health opened its comprehensive new Women’s Center in its state-of-the-art Outpatient Pavilion. Located on the 8th floor the center offers one-stop shopping for all women’s health needs from Ob/GYN, maternal-fetal medicine for high-risk pregnancies, to imaging services such as ED mammograms, traditional mammography and ultrasound all in one location. A few weeks ago the Women Center unveiled its new Beekley Imaging Center that offers women same-day breast screening results.

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