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Diagnostic Imaging Mammography and Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP)

Service Description and Population Served

Provides mammography services on an outpatient basis to individuals from Renfrew County, Mississippi Mills and West Carleton Ward 5. A video produced by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation about Mammograms can be found here

Mammography is an imaging technology that uses low dost x-rays to provide pictures of the internal structures of the breast. The mammography and ultrasound services provide a method for investigating possible breast abnormalities including breast cancer. The digital mammography units and the program have been accredited by the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR).

The Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) was implemented in Arnprior at the Arnprior & District Memorial Hospital in July 2007. The OBSP program provides routine screening mammography services to patients who qualify for the program. The OBSP program also permits patients over the age of 50 to self-refer, which benefits those who do not have a family doctor.

Health Care Team
Medical Radiation Technologists (MRT’s) are specially trained personnel. All MRT’s are registered members of the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario (CMRTO), which is a requirement to be eligible to work in Ontario.  MRTs perform the mammography examination(s) and test results are interpreted by a radiologist. In order for the mammography program to remain accredited, the MRTs and radiologists must participate in ongoing continuing education related to mammography.

Interdependencies with Other Programs/Health Service Providers/Resources

Other Programs
The mammography service provides screening mammography and is utilized in conjunction with ultrasound for follow up breast assessment. Breast lesion localization is performed with mammography guidance prior to scheduled operative procedures (same day service). The localization aids the surgeon in finding the lesion during the operative procedure.

External HSPs
Physicians who refer their patients for mammography procedures rely on the test results when developing treatment plans.  The radiologist, mammography technologist and ultrasound sonographer work as a team to assess the area of concern.  Pathology testing (biopsy specimens, for example) is referred to a regional center.

Arnprior Regional Health was surveyed by the Mammography Accreditation Program and has been accredited for January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2016. For more information regarding accreditation please click here.




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