LEEVER CENTER EARNS NATIONAL
BREAST HEALTH CENTER
The Breast Center of Greater Waterbury at the Leever Cancer Center has been awarded a full, three year accreditation by the American College of Surgeons' National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). As the gold standard for breast health centers, NAPBC accreditation ensures that patients will have the advantage of:
- Comprehensive care, including a full range of state of the art services
- A multidiciplinary team approach
- The leadership of an excellent surgical team
- The very best treatment options
- Information and education about breast health, clinical trials and new treatments
- High quality breast care close to home
DRA is proud to be part of the multidicilpinary physician team that coordinates care for patients at the Breast Center of Greater Waterbury.
YOUR MRI QUESTIONS ANSWERED HERE!
With the arrival of the first 3T MRI in the Waterbury area at DRA we are now switching our question and answer section to MRI's. Kenneth Allen, MD, a partner at DRA and Director of Greater Waterbury Imaging will answer some of the most common asked questions concerning MRI.
Dr. Kenneth Allen
How much radiation exposure is there with MRI?
One of the wonderful things about MRI is the absence of any dangerous radiation. The MRI images are produced by the influence of radio-waves on our bodies in the presence of a strong magnetic field. We don't have any sensation for magnetism, so being in the magnet does not cause us to feel anything in particular. The only electromagnetic influence that is added to the MRI experience is the use of radio-waves that are transmitted into the patient during the exam. These radio-waves are of the same frequency that you might receive on the FM radio in your car, and to which we are all continuously exposed in our daily lives. These radio-waves do not have enough energy to damage any of the tissues in our bodies, so there are not harmful effects from the magnetic field or from the radio imput. In fact, the influence that the magnet and the radio-waves have on our bodies in the MRI machine is only temporary, with no lasting effects once a patient steps out of the MR scanner.
The MusicFest is the major fund raiser and supports the Mission of Are You Dense, Inc. which raises awareness of dense breast tissue for the early detection of breast cancer. With the leadership of Dr. Nancy Cappello, the State of Connecticut has become the leader in the nation in dense breast tissue awareness. To find out more about Are You Dense, Inc. and the details of the MusicFest go to their website at www.areyoudense.org
Tickets for the MusicFest are available at the Harold Leever Cancer Center in Waterbury, Canfield Corner Pharmacy in Woodbury, The Palace Theater in Watertbury and The Print Shop in Wolcott. This is a great event with lots of great music, a silent auction and exhibitors. Mention this article at the DRA booth and receive a special gift!
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CALENDAR & EVENTS
August 1, 2011 Ponte Club Monday Night Dinner
to benefit Home-to-Home Foundation
August 28, 2011 Are You Dense MusicFest,
Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury
September 30, 2011 Cheshire Health & Wellness Fair,
Cheshire Senior Center 9:00am - 11:30am
November 19, 2011 Waterbury Hospital's 12th Annual Gala,
Villa Rosa, Waterbury