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Mayfair Diagnostics Cochrane Now Open

Mayfair • Nov 16, 2020

Mayfair Diagnostics is pleased to announce that our newest clinic, located at 116 Grande Boulevard in Cochrane, is now open. Just across the street from the Cochrane Community Health Centre, our ultrasound, mammography, and bone density services are now available to residents of Cochrane and the Bow Valley corridor.  

“Cochrane is a vibrant and fast-growing town and we knew how important it was to support the community by providing much needed local medical imaging services. We are very excited to get to know our new neighbours and the community,” says Dr. Shamir Patel, radiologist and Mayfair Diagnostics executive chair. 

Centrally located in downtown Cochrane, Mayfair Diagnostics Cochrane can be found on the southwest corner of the Grande Boulevard t-intersection.  

Patients can drop by to book an appointment or call our central booking number at 403-777-3000. You will need an imaging request from your health care practitioner in order to book an exam. Walk-in X-ray services are not available at this clinic, they will continue to be provided at the Cochrane Community Health Centre. 

“Convenience is an important factor in helping ensure patients can access the medical services they need, when they need them. This is especially true for medical imaging services like mammograms or bone density exams which work best when they are performed at regular intervals,” says Dr. Patel. 

Beyond the convenience, not having to travel to Calgary for ultrasound, mammography, and bone mineral densitometry medical imaging exams has numerous other benefits for patients at Mayfair Diagnostics Cochrane. 

Bone mineral densitometry is a low-dose X-ray exam that measures bone density to determine the risk of fractures or osteoporosis. This exam is often first ordered at around age 50 and then subsequent exams may be recommended every two years. Since measurements can vary between machines, repeat tests must be taken on the same machine, or a new baseline will be needed. Having a local clinic that offers this service will make it easier for patients to regularly check their risk for fractures. 

Mammography uses specialized X-ray technology to take a series of images (mammograms) of the breasts and provide a detailed look at the internal structure of breast tissue. The best way to detect breast cancer early, when it’s most treatable, is through regular screening mammograms. Your Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan covers yearly mammograms starting at age 40. Having regular mammograms allows a radiologist to compare your images from year to year, identifying changes that may be occurring in the breast over time. 

Mayfair’s mammography services in Cochrane use the latest technology – the GE Senographe Pristina Dueta mammography system, which is designed to increase patient comfort and reduce anxiety. With Pristina the patient is offered the option to use a handheld remote control, called patient-assisted compression. Under the guidance of the technologist, you are able to adjust the level of compression. This allows you to play a more active role in determining the best level of breast compression, making for a positive mammogram experience. A positive experience, along with local convenience, ensures you are more likely to return for regular screening, which is the most effective way to catch breast cancer early. 

Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to examine the organs, tissues, and blood vessels of the body for abnormalities that could be associated with your symptoms or physical condition. Mayfair sonographers have received additional sub-specialty training to allow them to better perform a wide variety of ultrasound exams, including a full range of imaging for expectant mothers through each stage of pregnancy and musculoskeletal ultrasounds, which look specifically at muscles and joints to determine the source of symptoms like pain.  

Many ultrasound exams have directions for drinking water or fasting before an exam, so not having to travel large distances with a full bladder allows for a more comfortable experience. 

“I am very excited to start welcoming patients and we have a great team here that’s eager to help patients,” says Alexa Rattai, Mayfair Diagnostics Cochrane clinic manager. 

The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Parking is free and is located near the front entrance of the clinic, within the plaza. 

Please note this clinic’s operations are aligned with Alberta Health Services guidance and patients are required to wear surgical-type masks at all times while in our clinics to minimize the potential spread of infection from someone who is infected, and for those who may have COVID-19 before they experience symptoms themselves. If the mask you are wearing when you come for your appointment is not a surgical mask, we will provide you with one. Increased health and safety protocols are also in place, including isolation areas for patients with cold or flu-like symptoms and/or risks of exposure.