New Breast Center Honor a First in Kansas City Area
Digital technology used for today’s mammograms is
like watching high definition television. Clearer, crisper images make it easier
for radiologists to find breast cancer sooner. A quicker discovery increases
the odds of a successful recovery.
the quality of mammograms and other breast care services that led the American
College of Radiology to designate North Kansas City Hospital as a Breast
Imaging Center of Excellence, the first Missouri hospital chosen in Kansas
full accreditation covers mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast
ultrasound and ultrasound-guided biopsy, all provided through Women’s Imaging
at the Hospital’s Northland Women’s Center.
program meets the organization’s highest standards which means that women who
come here for mammograms or other services receive top-quality diagnostic
testing and follow-up care,” says Radiologist Roger Ivey, MD.
is the most common screening tool for breast cancer and identifies 80 to 90
percent of breast cancer in non-symptomatic women.
Hospital’s four registered mammography technologists, like Dalene Odegaard,
take pride in the high-quality services they provide and the first-class
treatment they give patients.
countless letters to the Hospital, women talk about their wonderful treatment
and care. “The young lady who did my test was
very good at what she does and in making sure I was comfortable,” responds a
patient wrote, “It’s too bad other hospitals don’t learn from your personnel.”
women express surprise that their special treatment starts in the parking lot
with reserved, close parking.
appreciate they check-in at the Women’s Imaging area which looks more like a
spa and is separate from the general radiology area.
the comfortable setting is a breast care program led by over 50 years
experience with other registered mammography technologists Rosemary Mannino, Hollee
McGilton and Mary Malich, lead technologist.
women, they understand how to interact with their female patients. Hollee McGilton
says, “I always put myself in that person’s shoes and treat her how I want to
many patients remember most is the interaction with the technologist that
starts with a welcome greeting in the waiting room. “During the exam, we talk
with our patient and ask if she’s comfortable, if she needs anything, while of
course, always maintaining her privacy,” explains Dalene.
furnishings, wood floors, soft gowns and warm wipes (to remove deodorant before
testing) show women this facility is all about them.
enjoys the patient contact and the satisfaction of her role in helping detect breast
Mannino likes the one-on-one interaction in her job. “I enjoy developing a
rapport with patients and you remember each other.”
members of the breast care team are Nurse Navigators Christine Robbins and
Peggy Eldredge, who are both board-certified in breast care, and help
coordinate care if more extensive testing is indicated.
American Cancer Society recommends an annual mammogram for women over 40. Women
with a family history or risk factors should talk with their physician about
appropriate frequency. To schedule a mammogram with any of the Hospital’s
technologists, call 816-691-5267.
Caption for Photo:
Registered Mammography Technologists
(left to right) Dalene Odegaard, Mary Malich, Hollee McGilton and Rosemary
Mannino receive many compliments from women for the ease and comfort of
receiving their mammograms.