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Gaithersburg: Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Receives Large Gift to Advance Breast Cancer Detection

MBS Staff
Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center and Bill Richards Center

Image: Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center and Bill Richards Center

Women in Montgomery County now have the opportunity to use one of the most advanced breast cancer detection systems, thanks to a large donation to the Shady Grove Medical Center Foundation, and Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Breast Center.

A $250,000 gift paved the way for Adventist HealthCare to bring in a state-of-the-art Automated 3D Breast Ultrasound Device (ABUS) that allows examinations to take only 15 minutes.

According to the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Breast Center, mammograms often are not enough for the 40 percent of women with dense breasts. Furthermore, 71 percent of all breast cancers are found in dense breasts.

Sonya Kella, MD, Director of Women's Imaging at Adventist HealthCare said, "making available 3D ultrasound technology will significantly improve diagnosis and survival rates in women with dense breasts. The addition of this state-of-art technology furthers our commitment to comprehensive women's imaging and breast cancer prevention."

"Adventist HealthCare is pleased to add the ABUS to its state-of-the-art Breast Center on the Shady Grove Medical Center campus," said Michael Calhoun, Associate Vice President, Imaging Services. "It is with deep gratitude that we accept this generous gift."  

The ABUS is available and in use at the Shady Grove Breast Center. For appointments, call 301-590-8999.

Adventist HealthCare has seen enormous growth in recent times. Earlier this year, the Shady Grove Medical Center’s Aquilino Cancer Center received a $1.5 million donation. The company recently sold its urgent care centers for rebranding. And before that, a full-service hospital opened at the White Oak Medical Center in Northern Silver Spring.

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