The dream, however, is not only theirs but hundreds, perhaps thousands, of others in the area because, again, the community has put its time and money into helping the center in north
The fundraiser for
Getting the final money to match the
"You won't find this in rural communities our size," Scott said. But the small town needs to have good medical care to keep people, and the community healthy. "The impact of breast cancer on a family can be very devastating at times," she said.
"No patient should feel they can't have access to the very best health care because they live in a rural community," Schlagenhaft said.
"This is being purchased for the benefit of the rural area," he said.
Many of those coming to his hospital or clinic are from
The idea for it came late last year from doctors, nurse practitioners and many in the community who told St. Elizabeth's getting tomosynthesis would be a good move, he said.
With 2-D, it's harder to quickly detect the cancer. The faster it's found, the better chances are of surviving. False positives are much more likely because of overlap of the tissue, Arnold said.
"That makes women feel very anxious," she said. Fewer callbacks are great, "that's something we're really excited about."
Tomosynthesis is less painful and gives a 3-D image. With better images comes faster, more accurate diagnosis. Tomosynthesis is especially good for women with dense breast tissue, she said.
Her company believes so strongly in the new machine that it has donated to the fundraiser.
"I think this is going to really make a difference in the lives of the community," she said. "It has been well proven that this is a breakthrough in technology."
The only other hospital with tomosynthesis that her practice works with is
Crowley said the machine can save money because of early detection. Also, many insurance companies cover it because it can lead to earlier, less expensive treatments.
It's also a feather in the hat of the small towns, said
"It means we're not in the back woods," she said.
When so many hundreds or thousands get involved, "they feel ownership," she said.
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