Through a generous $150,000 pledge by the Putnam Hospital Center Auxiliary, a 3-D mammography unit was recently installed at the hospital, providing patients with greater clarity and accuracy in detecting breast cancer over two-dimensional imaging.
Members of the auxiliary and the community gathered this month for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration of the new equipment.
“I’m proud of what the auxiliary accomplished,” auxiliary co-chair Peg Lindblom said. “This is one of the examples of what we have done over the years and what we will continue to do. We are very proud of this particular gift because it will benefit so many women.”
The auxiliary’s gift ties in with enhancements to the hospital’s breast center program. Last year, the hospital received a three-year full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. The program is administered by the American College of Surgeons and is only given to centers committed to providing the highest level of quality breast care to their patients.
Research shows 3-D mammography increases the detection of invasive cancers by 41 percent and decreases unnecessary callbacks for further testing by 40 percent.