Private Diagnostic Breast Centre offers No waits for Ultrasound, Core biopsies or MRI

    Answers in days

    VANCOUVER, June 16 /CNW/ - Canada Diagnostic Centres (B.C.) Ltd.
announces the addition of a new Diagnostic Breast Centre. Women with breast
problems that need investigation can now get a diagnosis within 3 days.
    State-of-the-art diagnostic breast ultrasound, breast MRI, core biopsies
plus prompt access to surgical consults and surgery can all be done within
days at the Diagnostic Breast Centre.
    "This is an option for women who are anxious to get their results as soon
as possible," says Dr. Ian Gardiner, Director of Advanced Breast Imaging.
""The patients who come to us may or may not have breast cancer-our job is to
help sort that out quickly."
    The specialized services at the Diagnostic Breast Centre at Canada
Diagnostic include:

    Ultrasound Elastography (UE)

    UE is a specialized type of ultrasound exam used to classify tumours and
provides more accuracy than conventional ultrasound. Because cancers are
normally much stiffer than normal tissue, elastography can help differentiate
between cancer and non-cancer and may help reduce the number of unnecessary

    Core Biopsy

    A core biopsy collects small cylinders of solid tissue (versus cells-only
with a needle biopsy). Solid tissue pathology is vital to the diagnosis and
treatment planning of the patient. In as little as 24 hours, pathology results
can indicate whether the tissue contains cancer or not. If it is positive for
cancer, the next stage of pathology testing can determine specific aspects of
the diagnosis which will help determine treatment.

    Breast MRI

    Breast MRI is increasingly used to improve the diagnosis and assessment
of known breast cancer. It is frequently used to help plan surgical treatment.

    Quick access to surgical consult

    Patients who may need to go on to surgery can arrange for a private
consultation with a surgeon within days of their diagnosis. Some breast
surgeries can be arranged in as little as three days.

    About Canada Diagnostic

    Canada Diagnostic ( is a private MRI, CT and
Ultrasound clinic in Vancouver. Canada Diagnostic was the first private clinic
in Canada to offer breast MRI, and the first site in Canada to employ CAD
software to analyze MRI images. Canada Diagnostic is the first site in Canada
to use ultrasound elastography and to employ Certified breast ultrasound
sonographers . Canada Diagnostic uses the state-of-the-art pathology lab
services at PMI Labs (

    About Ian Gardiner, MD FRCP

    Dr. Gardiner is the Director of Advanced Breast Imaging Program at Canada
Diagnostic Centres in Vancouver BC, as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor
at the UBC Department of Radiology.
    He is on the Board of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (B.C. Yukon
Chapter) and is Chair of the Early Detection Committee, 2020 Task Force. Dr.
Gardiner graduated from the University of British Columbia's Faculty of
Medicine in 1989 and completed his residency in radiology and fellowship in
body imaging at the University of Toronto.

For further information:

For further information: Press Contact: Dr. Ian Gardiner, Director,
Advanced Breast Imaging Program, Canada Diagnostic Centres,,, Phone: (604) 709-8522,
Cell: (778) 882-4826

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