Extended Hours Available for Mammography and MRI Services at Shore Memorial Hospital

Thursday, July 30, 2009
The mammography and MRI departments at Shore Memorial Hospital are now offering Saturday hours from 8 a.m. to noon.

Whether you’re getting the kids to soccer on time, making sure everyone in the family has dinner or staying late at work, there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. Getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life often leaves little time for important health screenings and tests.

In order to offer more flexible times and accommodate patients’ busy schedules, Shore Memorial’s MRI department is offering extended hours for patients needing an MRI. The department is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Similarly, the mammography department has extended hours at the Shore Memorial Health and Conference Center on the corner of Shore Road and New York Avenue on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

“Our goal is to provide quality, healthcare screenings during times that are convenient for our patients,” says Derek Suragh, administrative director of diagnostic imaging. “We understand that people may not be able to take time off from work to have a test done, which is why Shore Memorial is offering both evening and weekend service.”

MRI—magnetic resonance imaging—is one of the most advanced diagnostic imaging tools available to detect tumors, soft tissue damages, neurological disorders and other health concerns. Shore Memorial uses a 1.5 Tesla short-bore, Siemens Symphony MRI magnet. The MRI department is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

To find breast cancer in its early stages, when it is most treatable, annual mammograms are recommended for women over age 40, or age 35 if they have a family history of cancer. Shore Memorial offers full-field digital mammography, which provides images within 10 to 15 seconds. Additionally, all stereotactic biopsies and needle locations are done using digital equipment.

For more information about diagnostic imaging services available at Shore Memorial, click on the radiology and diagnostic imaging link under the Departments and Services tab. To schedule a test or procedure call (609) 926-4SMH (4764).