Donor Generosity Brings New Technology in Breast Cancer Diagnosis to CNRHC


Thanks to the generosity of the people of central Newfoundland and beyond, new technology in Breast Cancer diagnosis is now available to Medical Imaging Technologists, Radiologists and Surgeons at the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre.


The $110,000 Breast Specimen Imaging Unit arrived at the health facility recently. This specialized unit improves the efficiency of specimen imaging and has a significant impact on the experience that patients have when having a breast biopsy in the Medical Imaging Department or breast surgery.


The Breast Specimen Imaging Unit is a standalone unit that verifies the presence of calcification in excised breast tissue in the Medical Imaging Department and confirms adequate margins in specimens from the operating room in patients with breast cancer having conservation surgery.

“This Breast Imaging Specimen Unit at the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre along with one at James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre are the only ones of their kind in the province. They provide women in the region with an improved overall experience whereby the time the patient is under anaesthesia can be decreased and it avoids increased time and repositioning in the mammogram machine in our Medical Imaging Department during breast biopsies. This improves workflow resulting in improved quality and patient-centered care.” Says Dr. Sheahan, Regional Chief of Medical Imaging for Central Health.

Funds to support this investment were raised through the 2018 Health Foundations Regatta; the annual Mother’s Day Radiothon, a $20,000 grant from the CURE Foundation, in addition to a matching grant of $55,000 from Health & Community Services.

Leon King, President of the South and Central Health Foundation states, “In the last decade our charity has been successful in bringing new medical technology and services to our region of the province. In particular, we are very proud of our investments in breast cancer detection and surgical procedures. Since 2010, with help from our donors, we purchased Vacuum Assisted Biopsy Equipment, a Sentinel Node Detector and a new Biopsy and Mammogram Stretcher/Chair. Currently, in conjunction with the annual Shopper’s Drug Mart Women’s Health Campaign, we are fundraising to support a pilot project to supply every mastectomy and lumpectomy patient with a post-surgical compression bra.

When you contribute to our Foundation in any way- as a donor, corporate sponsor, or volunteer - you impact the healthcare system in Central Newfoundland. Donors have made many “firsts” possible and this investment today is one of our proudest moments.”

Our charity would like to thank our Corporate Sponsors and Partners to the following events:

Mother's Day Radiothon


Exploits Valley Mall



Town of Grand Falls-Windsor

Health Foundations' Regatta




Lewisporte Yacht Club

Lewisporte Marina Administrative Authority

Dr. Jody Wooldfrey

Automobile Dealers (Gander)



Town of Lewisporte

Co-op (Lewisporte/Gander)

Exploits Valley Air Services/GFT

Shopper's Drug Mart (Gander)


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