When a woman goes in for testing to see if she has cancer, she most likely wants to stay close to her friends and family. One Oregon resident knows first-hand what it's like to face a scary diagnosis in an unfamiliar setting.
According to the Daily Astorian
, Julie Jesse, who just turned 40, went to her locale Seaside Providence Hospital to undergo a mammogram. However, the results showed that further testing was needed.
It was then that she was told she had to travel out-of-area to have an MRI because her own facility didn't have access to a breast coil, an important tool for looking at dense breast tissue.
"My doctors are in Seaside. Everybody is in Seaside," she told the news outlet.
Luckily, Jesse did not have the disease. However, she is one of the many that the 13th annual St. Nicholas Festival of Trees gala and auction will aim to help. A portion of the proceeds from the event, which will take place on Saturday, will go towards purchasing a breast coil for the hospital.
"It is becoming the standard utilized when there are suspicious mammograms," Tim Hardin, manager of diagnostic imaging at the hospital, told the news outlet.
According to RadiologyInfo.com, an MRI uses a magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed photos and high-resolution images of a patient's breasts.