Murdock Charitable Trust grants $252,000 to Providence for purchase of breast cancer detection device

Providence Newberg Health Foundation received at $252,000 grant recently from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to bring advanced breast cancer detection to Newberg. The grant will help Providence Newberg Medical Center purchase a new 3-D mammography machine.

"This generous grant will provide those in our community with superior detection and breast cancer prevention," said Lori Bergen, CEO of the medical center. "Early detection is key in the fight against breast cancer and advanced technology such as this will help save lives."

The 3-D machine, known as Tomosynthesis or Tomo, is a new tool in mammography that allows for clearer and more detailed evaluation of the breast tissue when compared to current 2-D technology, a Providence press release said.

Providence further explained that a conventional digital mammography machine produces one image of overlapping tissue in comparison to Tomo, which takes multiple images of the breast. A multi-layered scan allows specialized breast radiologists to evaluate the layers of superimposed tissue and aids in detecting areas of concern from several angles.

Tomosynthesis, according to the release, has proven to be a benefit through several factors:

- A 41 percent increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers. The sooner these invasive cancers are found, the sooner doctors can intervene and work to save lives.

- A 29 percent increase in the detection of all breast cancers. Beyond just the invasive cancers, with the 3-D mammography machine Providence can detect other concerns sooner.

- Many women who receive a mammogram are called back for additional imaging. The new machine decreased that chance by 41 percent, reducing the anxiety and stress of the call back for a second look.

Providence plans to have the new equipment installed by the end of February.

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