June 1, 2006 | The Arkansas Cancer Research Center (ACRC) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will soon have an all-digital Breast Center thanks to a gift from the ACRC Auxiliary.
Members of the auxiliary pledged up to $200,000 toward the purchase of a digital mammogram machine for the center. The first payment of $50,000 was presented at the auxiliary’s May meeting. Judy Snowden and Bonnie Fincher accepted the donation on behalf of Robert Fincher, M.D., director of breast imaging and medical director of the UAMS/ACRC Breast Center.
The UAMS/ACRC Breast Center converted to the use of digital mammography four years ago. It currently has two digital mammogram machines and one film machine. The center is the only facility in central Arkansas to offer digital mammograms.
“Our current digital equipment is not made to accommodate women with large breasts, so we have continued to offer film mammograms for these women,” said Robert Fincher.
The pledge will be completed over four years and will be met with money raised by the auxiliary’s fund-raising projects Cooks Tour and Partners Card. The new machine designed specifically for women with large breasts should be in place by August and will replace the remaining film machine, making the center all-digital.
A recent study funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) confirmed the superiority of digital mammography over film screen mammography in detecting breast cancer, particularly in women younger than 50 and in those with dense breasts.