Aug. 15--Thanks to a $10.9 million donation, Jupiter Medical Center is building a state-of-the-art breast-cancer center with advanced screening technology.
The center is named for Margaret W. Niedland, a local woman who died of breast cancer in 2011. The anonymous donation includes $6.5 million for the 26,000-square-foot building, $4 million for technology and $372,000 for technology upgrades.
Dr. Robert Stickle, the supervising radiologist at the breast cancer center, said the technology such as 3D mammography can spot tumors sooner, which helps patients beat the disease. "We can find cancers that are hiding in dense tissue," he said.
3-D mammography provides images of the breast from many angles, compared with the two angles of traditional 2-D mammography.
With new software, radiologists will be able to view breast tissue layer by layer to be able to see suspicious areas more clearly.
Jupiter Medical Center was among the first in South Florida to offer the 3-D mammograms in 2011. Because of the donors' grant, the center can provide it at no extra charge beyond the costs of a routine mammogram, Stickle said. Other facilities charge about $150 more, on average, for the 3-D technology, he estimated.
The new technology also helps reduce the number of times doctors have to ask patients to come back for more testing. Jupiter Medical Center has been able to reduce by about 15 percent the number of return visits, said Kristina Gostic, director of imaging services. That helps reduce "a patient's medical expenses and unnecessary anxiety," Stickle said.
To further reduce patients' fear, the new Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center will offer a spa-like atmosphere of soft lighting, music and harmonious feng-shui concepts.
For the patients' comfort, the center will have a type of mammography that won't require as much time needed for the breast to be compressed. The new procedure also will reduce radiation exposure.
Construction of the new Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center is expected to be completed by spring 2015.
Jupiter Medical Center has another breast screening center in Palm Beach Gardens.
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