MARION, S.C. (WMBF) - A major donation will help MUSC Health Marion diagnose breast cancer earlier in its patients.
The hospital received $350,000 from the Marion County Healthcare Foundation, and the hospital has already put the money to use.
The funds will go toward purchasing a 3D mammography imaging machine. It will better assist with early identification of breast cancer giving patients a much higher chance of survival.
The executive director of the Marion County Healthcare Foundation, Pete Mazzaroni, said funding the project aligns with their mission to fund innovative projects to bring them closer to their vision of a healthy and prosperous Marion County.
This technology didn’t exist in Marion County before and patients are already seeing the impact.
“Over 1,000 patients have already come through and gotten this early detection and screening, so we saw the breadth of impact of this type of project,” said Mazzaroni.
Assistant CEO at MUSC Health, Marion Spencer Twigg, said this technology is state of the art and this has become the standard of care in Marion County.
“It’s able to have earlier detection and clearer insight from a radiologist perspective and if there are other abnormalities we need to get referred for other treatments or biopsies, so it’s really a huge day,” said Twigg.