Middlesex Hospital: Breast Cancer

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Dr. Ravi Jain will discuss molecular breast imaging and how it can help diagnose breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women; 1 in 8 will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

– As with any type of cancer, early detection of breast cancer is important. Early detection helps reduce the number of deaths due to breast cancer and can allow surgeons to save more of a breast during surgery.

– Middlesex Hospital is proud to be the only hospital in New England to offer dual-headed molecular breast imaging, and it has done so since 2015.

– Since 2015, 485 Middlesex patients have benefited from molecular breast imaging.


– The advanced technology of Middlesex’s molecular breast imaging scanner results in patients being exposed to a very low dose of radiation.


– Middlesex Hospital has been awarded a $32,000 grant from the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative, and the money will used to fund radiologist Dr. Ravi Jain’s study on the use of molecular breast imaging for diagnostic purposes.

– The Hospital will specifically look at what kind of inconclusive mammogram and ultrasound findings can be safely watched instead of biopsied, if molecular breast imaging scans are negative. Ultimately, the goal is reduce the rate of negative biopsies without reducing the rate of cancer detection. This will save patients from physical and psychological harm and may also reduce health care costs.

Based in Middletown, Conn., the award-winning Middlesex Health System, a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, includes Middlesex Hospital, a not-for-profit, 296-bed magnet hospital, and the Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center. It also features three emergency departments, three urgent care centers and an assisted living facility, along with many other programs and services. The health system’s primary care physicians, surgeons, specialists, nurses and other employees work hard to meet the needs of the Middlesex County and Connecticut shoreline communities.

Using cutting-edge, innovative technology, the health system’s vision is to be the clear, first choice for medical care, and its mission is to provide the safest, highest-quality care and best experience possible.

Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center is opening a second cancer center location this month. The second location is at the Middlesex Hospital Shoreline Medical Center, 250 Flat Rock Place in Westbrook.

For more information visit https://middlesexhospital.org/

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