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Adirondack Health now offers breast MRI services

SARANAC LAKE — On Tuesday, Adirondack Health began offering breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services for the first time at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.

Breast MRI is primarily used as a supplemental tool to breast screening with mammography or ultrasound. It may be used to screen women at high risk for breast cancer, evaluate the extent of cancer following diagnosis, or further evaluate abnormalities seen on a mammogram.

“The availability of breast MRI services at Adirondack Medical Center is a significant step forward for women’s health in our region,” said Dr. Emily Szczech, a general surgeon at Adirondack Surgical Group and medical director of Adirondack Health’s breast program. “Following an abnormal mammogram, rapid access to the additional level of detail provided by breast MRI is extremely helpful.”

The purchase of the additional hardware and software required to perform this exam was made possible through the fundraising efforts of the Adirondack Health Foundation.

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