Diagnostic Assessment Programs – Breast

The Linda Buchan Centre for Breast Screening and Assessment at our Hospital is designed to streamline the testing process for breast cancer so that patients can get a diagnosis faster. Patients who have had a breast cancer screening mammogram through the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) may be referred for follow-up at the Linda Buchan Centre if they have an abnormal mammogram result. Patients may also be referred by their health care provider for a mammogram and other tests.

It is important to note that a referral to the Linda Buchan Centre does not necessarily mean that an individual has breast cancer.

There are many different testing procedures depending on your particular circumstances. The team at the Linda Buchan Centre will plan all tests and book appointments, and explain each test to you. Patient navigators are also available to provide support and information, and answer any questions throughout the testing process.


Linda Buchan Breast Screening and Assessment Centre:

  • The Linda Buchan Centre offers screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds, and image-guided biopsies.
  • The Linda Buchan Centre serves women across Northwestern Ontario.
  • The Linda Buchan Centre is an accredited site for the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP).

About Linda Buchan

Linda Buchan was a strong advocate in the fight against breast cancer. She was a Northern Cancer Research Foundation (NCRF) board member and the founder of the Bearskin Airline Hope Classic. In celebration of Linda’s life and achievements, the Breast Screening and Assessment Centre at the Health Sciences Centre was named in her honour.

Who is on the Linda Buchan Centre team?

The Linda Buchan Centre team includes Patient Navigators, mammography and ultrasound technologists, radiologists, and administrative staff. This team works closely with oncologists, breast surgeons, family physicians, and nurse practitioners to support patients who are having follow-up testing.

What services are available at the Linda Buchan Centre?

The Linda Buchan Centre offers digital mammography, breast ultrasound, and image-guided breast biopsies, as well as patient support and education. These services enable early detection and accurate diagnosis.

Where is the Linda Buchan Centre located?

The Linda Buchan Centre is located in the Diagnostic Imaging Department at the Health Sciences Centre. Women from across Northwestern Ontario can access the Linda Buchan Centre.  While in Thunder Bay, women can stay at the Tbaytel Tamarack House.

Referrals – Information

Requisitions for the Linda Buchan Centre can be found here  and faxed to (807) 684-5854.  Phone enquiries can be made by calling (807) 684-6323.

Ontario Breast Screening Program patients with an abnormal mammogram will automatically be referred for follow up imaging if the referring physician has completed the “Physician Authorization Form”. Please all the Ontario Breast Screening Program for more information at (807) 684-7777 or 1-800-461-7031.