Putnam Hospital Center Auxiliary celebrates 3-D mammography installation

Posted: 8/29/2017

Through a generous $150,000 pledge by the Putnam Hospital Center Auxiliary, a 3-D mammography unit was recently installed at the hospital, providing patients with greater clarity and accuracy in detecting breast cancer over two-dimensional imaging.

Members of the auxiliary and the community gathered this month for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration of the new equipment.

“I’m proud of what the auxiliary accomplished,” auxiliary co-chair Peg Lindblom said. “This is one of the examples of what we have done over the years and what we will continue to do. We are very proud of this particular gift because it will benefit so many women.”

The auxiliary’s gift ties in with enhancements to the hospital’s breast center program. Last year, the hospital received a three-year full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. The program is administered by the American College of Surgeons and is only given to centers committed to providing the highest level of quality breast care to their patients.

Research shows 3-D mammography increases the detection of invasive cancers by 41 percent and decreases unnecessary callbacks for further testing by 40 percent.

The exam is similar to a conventional mammography but provides multiple 3-D images of breast tissue in one-millimeter layers. Radiologists view the images in a series of thin slices, allowing for finer detail and better visibility of overlapping breast tissue. The system is often used to screen patients with dense breasts.

The auxiliary’s donation comes from money raised through the service of volunteers in the hospital gift shop and the Eagle Eye thrift shop in Brewster.

The Putnam Hospital Center Auxiliary was formed in 1963 and has raised more than $7 million in support of equipment and programs.

To schedule a 3-D mammography appointment, please call 845-790-8855 and press 4. To learn more about breast care at Putnam Hospital Center, please visit

PHC auxiliary co-chair Rose McQuade, left, with auxiliary co-chair Peg Lindlom at the 3-D mammography ribbon cutting.

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