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Stephanie Armstrong-Helton

Women At High Risk For Breast Cancer Can Now Benefit From Breast MRI
Start Date
June 24, 2013


St. Clair County…St. John River District and St. Joseph Mercy hospitals are pleased to announce the offering of Breast MRI services through our partnership with Advanced MRI. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the breast is a non-invasive medical test designed to help physicians diagnose breast conditions including cancer.

MRI of the breast is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging, but rather a supplemental tool that has many important uses, including screening women at high risk for breast cancer as a result of a strong family history. A strong family history is usually a mother or sister who has had breast cancer prior to age 50, or other family relatives including those on the fraternal side. The screening is also used to determine the extent of the disease after a new breast cancer diagnosis; and also to further evaluate hard-to-access abnormalities seen on a mammogram.

In May 2013, Advanced MRI celebrated its first anniversary serving patients in St. Clair County and surrounding areas. In November 2012, Advanced MRI announced the availability of the first Open Bore MRI service in the area. Breast MRI will be available to patients beginning the week of June 23, 2013.

"With limited access to Breast MRI services in St. Clair County, now women can take advantage of two convenient locations to obtain this important and needed imaging service," comments Edward Mauch, MD, Radiologist with X-Ray Associates, PC, and member of the Advanced MRI services board.

A joint undertaking between St. John River District Hospital and St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, Advanced MRI services are provided at either St. John River District Hospital, in East China Township; or Mercy Health Center, in Fort Gratiot Township. Advanced MRI services are available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., throughout the week, including Saturdays.

For ease in scheduling an appointment at either Advanced MRI location, please call 810-985-1455.
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St. John River District Hospital
St. John River District Hospital is a member of St. John Providence Health System, one of the largest providers of inpatient care in southeast Michigan and one of the largest employers in metro Detroit. St. John Providence Health System provides comprehensive prevention, primary care and advanced treatment programs with more than 125 medical centers and five hospitals spanning five counties. Since 1965, St. John River District Hospital has been caring for patients throughout St. Clair. With 68 beds and a medical staff of more than 200 physicians, the hospital offers the full array of medical and surgical care, with special programs in cardiovascular care, cancer care, women’s health, orthopedics and spine surgery, stroke telemedicine, sleep disorders, diabetes management and wound care. As part of the St. John Providence Health System, a Catholic health ministry, we are committed to providing spiritually centered, holistic care which sustains and improves the health of individuals in the communities we serve, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. For more information visit

St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron (SJMPH)
Founded in 1954 by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Port Huron, MI, is a 164-bed acute care, community-based hospital providing adult medical/surgical services; emergency care; cancer care; cardiac care; inpatient rehabilitation services, including stroke care; orthopedics and joint replacement; bariatric services and a vast number of other outpatient testing, health, and medical services. As a not-for-profit hospital, SJMPH reinvests all profits back into the communities we serve, while providing patients with the utmost compassion and care. SJMPH was recently awarded accreditation from The Joint Commission and was provided its “Gold Seal of Approval”. SJMPH’s cancer program was named “best in cancer care” and was the first hospital in St. Clair County to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons [2008]. St. Joseph Mercy was the second hospital in the state of Michigan to offer access to partial knee robotic surgery, and the first in the state to provide robotic surgery for total hip replacement. In addition to offering the only access to open MRI services through Advanced MRI; SJMPH also provides access to specialized care through a Senior ER. SJMPH is located in St. Clair County and the Thumb region, northeast of Detroit, Michigan. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital is a member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. For more information, visit:

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