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With support from local and regional donors, St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center debuts new 3D Mammography Machine

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With funding from El Pomar, City Market, and St. Mary’s Foundation donors, St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center is adding a second 3D Mammography machine to reduce wait times and callbacks for women who choose St. Mary’s for breast cancer detection and prevention.

“We are very honored to receive such an investment in critical equipment to serve the needs of women in Mesa County and the region,” says Dennis DePascal, Director of Imaging at St. Mary’s.  In 2013 the two-dimensional imaging units in The St. Mary's Wilma B. Bacon Mammography Center were replaced by the first 3-D mammography unit. This newer screening and diagnostic tool, often recommended for women with very dense breast tissue, allows the radiologist to see breast tissue with an increased level of detail. “As patient numbers have increased at the Mammography Center and the 3-D mammography technology is now standard, there is now a need for another machine to keep up with patient demand and to ensure the highest quality of patient care and safety,” shared DePascal.

St. Mary's Wilma B. Bacon Mammography Center is committed to providing sustainable breast health services to all women in our community through individualized and coordinated services in a caring environment that fosters confidence, comfort, safety, and healing for patients and their families. 

In addition to utilizing capital funds, support for the new machine came from City Market, the El Pomar Foundation, and unrestricted funds from the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation.

As a regional cancer center, St. Mary's is a primary provider between Denver and Salt Lake City, a region that encompasses more than 100,000 square-miles. Having critical cancer care services close to home is crucial for the health and healing of those undergoing cancer treatment.