Clarion Hospital starts drive for equipment

From staff reports

Clarion Hospital has begun a fundraising campaign for new three-dimensional mammography equipment.

The hospital hopes to raise $400,000.

“Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3-D mammography) is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool used to improve the early detection of breast cancer,” said Dr. Albert Barrett, radiologist at Clarion Hospital.

Statistics show that more than 300,000 women in the U.S are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. If not detected and treated in the initial stages, breast cancer can spread to other parts of the body and become potentially fatal, according to Tracy Myers, nurse manager at The Cancer Center at Clarion Hospital.

Myers said 3-D mammography takes images of the breast in slices from many angles, and it provides a detailed view of dense breast tissue, making it easier to detect size, shape and location of any abnormalities.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health Cancer Registry, from 2013 to 2015, there was a more than 60 percent increase in breast cancer instances in Clarion County.

The Clarion Hospital Foundation hopes to be able to purchase the new equipment during the early part of 2019.

Details about how to make a donation is available by calling John Stroup, executive director of the Clarion Hospital Foundation, at (814) 226-1257.