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HCMH Foundation appeal to support 3D mammogram machine
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014

Hill Country Memorial Hospital Foundation is focusing its spring appeal on the goal of raising funds to purchase a digital breast tomosynthesis machine. This new machine uses 3D technology to create a clearer, more precise image of the breast.

The 3D tomosynthesis mammogram machine operates like a CT scanner. It captures image “slices” of the breast from different angles and reconstructs them to produce an enhanced, highly accurate picture.

“The 3D technology allows radiologists to see smaller cancers and suspicious areas with much more specificity than a traditional 2D mammogram,” said Susan Bacon, director of the Hill Country Memorial Breast Center and breast cancer survivor. “Identifying smaller cancers earlier allows them to be treated sooner and more effectively.”

According to clinical studies, this new technology increases the detection of breast cancers and decreases the recall rate for further diagnostic mammograms. Thus, the patient’s stress and radiation exposure are reduced.

“The 3D machine is especially helpful for women who have dense breast tissue,” Bacon added. “The image slices help us see beyond typical distortion or shadowing that accompanies dense tissue.”

To date, the HCMH Foundation has secured $100,000 for the tomosynthesis machine. An additional $400,000 is sought through grant funding and personal contributions from the community to fulfill the cost.

“Hill Country Memorial has decided to pursue this technology because it is the best for our community,” said HCM CEO Jayne Pope. “The new machine, coupled with the expertise of our mammography technicians and the radiologists, will help us find cancers and treat patients sooner.”

“More than providing the best clinical resources right here in our community,” Pope said, “this technology gives women and their families peace of mind.”

Throughout the years, funds raised from appeals have helped the hospital purchase equipment such as a CT scanner and cardiac rehabilitation equipment and build facilities like the Women’s Pavilion and the Brune Professional Building.

Individuals who want to support the purchase of the 3D mammography machine by making a tax-deductible gift can contact the HCMH Foundation at (830) 997-1297 or visit giving.hillcountrymemorial.org and select “3D Mammography.”

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