ABOVE: The state-of-the-art Fuji Aspire Cristalle machine. (Photo by Fuji)
It’s no secret that technology is ever-advancing. When it comes to breast cancer, those advances can result in more detailed imaging, earlier detection and more comfortable screenings. Beginning in March, a new state-of-the-art medical imaging machine that provides those benefits will be available in Tavares. Dr. Jaime Mejia has been practicing radiology for 38 years. Ten of those have been in Lake County. Mejia and his wife, Yanira Gell, decided to open Serene Diagnostic Imaging in Lake County to bring high-tech imaging to area patients. Additionally, the recent closing of imaging centers like Physicians Imaging in Mount Dora and DOCS in Eustis left patients with few alternatives for local diagnostic imaging. The couple’s new center will focus on women’s health and provide advanced 3D mammography, high-tech ultrasound obstetrics with 3D and 4D imaging, plus the next generation in DXA body scanning to check patients’ bone density and the amount of dangerous visceral fat. Serene Diagnostic Imaging is bringing the first state-of-the-art Fuji Cristalle 3D mammogram unit to Lake County. The impressive machine is designed to provide a more comfortable patient experience with less breast compression and superior low-dose imaging that provides greater diagnostic accuracy when compared to 2D mammograms. That's of great significance because of the one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer at some time in their lives, those who have their cancer detected at an early stage have a 90% survival rate in the first five years, according to the American Cancer Society, To help local women become familiar with the advanced technology and more comfortable process, Serene is hosting a free public "Mimosas & Mammograms" event on February 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.for Fuji to showcase the new mammography machine and answer questions. The open-house-style event will feature free appetizers, mimosas, tours and door prizes, including free certificates for future mammograms and other imaging packages given away every thirty minutes.
ABOVE: Serene Diagnostic Imaging during build-out phase (Mount Dora Buzz photo)
Advanced technology won’t be the only feature that differentiates the new center from large and impersonal imaging centers. Serene is committed to providing patients with personalized attention in a comfortable setting and leading them through the entire process. “My staff and I understand the stress patients often suffer when diagnostic imaging is ordered by their doctor. Our mission is to provide compassionate care in a spa-like atmosphere in order to keep our patients comfortable and relaxed,” said Mejia. “To reduce patient stress caused by the wait for imaging results, Serene will send results to patients’ doctors within 24 hours and critical results can be discussed with the radiologist during office hours.”
Serene Diagnostic Imaging will begin seeing patients in March and plans on accepting all types of insurance including Medicare and managed care. The center is located at 1751 David Walker Drive in Tavares and will be the site of "Mimosas and Mammograms on Friday, February 21.
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