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Irvine hospital receives $250K grant for 3D mammography equipment

Grant from Appalachian Regional Commission

IRVINE, Ky. (April 11, 2017) — Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital in Irvine has received a $250,902 Appalachian Regional Commission grant for the purchase of a digital breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography) imaging system. The hospital currently serves 1,500 patients in Estill, Powell, Lee and Owsley counties.

The upgraded screening mammography equipment will improve critical patient care for early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

The hospital currently uses conventional two-view digital mammography that results in images that obscure cancers or generates false-positive readings. The 3D imaging system can increase cancer detection by 27 percent and increase invasive cancer detection by 40 percent, while reducing callbacks for re-screening by 20-40 percent.

The ARC program and policy is to provide assistance for residential infrastructure project, water supply and wastewater treatment projects to assist in alleviating environmental public health concerns and ensure the acceptable quality of life for local residents.