The Mercy Health Foundation Fort Scott was awarded a $3,000 grant by the Fort Scott Area Community Foundation to support the 3D mammography upgrade at Mercy Hospital Fort Scott.
3D mammography is the most advanced method on the market for diagnosing breast cancer. It has been proven to detect cancer cells that might be indistinguishable by 2D mammograms.
As of November 3, patients at Mercy Hospital Fort Scott have the option for 3D mammograms.
3D mammograms produce a higher-quality image, are 28 percent more effective in early invasive breast cancer detection, and reduce the number of false positive recalls. Reducing the number of false positives will not only decrease the number of patients who feel an emotional roller coaster, but will also reduce the number of unnecessary hours and resources spent to obtain the tests, all producing a more positive patient experience.
“Without this technology available in Fort Scott, many patients would need to drive to larger metropolitan areas to obtain the higher-quality screening offered through 3D images,” explained Christi Keating, executive director of patient care services in Fort Scott.
The funds from the Fort Scott Area Community Foundation grant, as well as all other contributions to the 3D Mammography upgrade campaign are paired at 1:1 match by the Mercy Health Foundation Fort Scott. Learn more about the campaign and how to donate here.