ERMC implements 3D Mammography with support from Dart Foundation

Emily Matthews, Manager of the Dart Foundation (right),
presents a $75,000 grant to Eaton Rapids Medical Center.

Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) received a $75,000 grant from the Dart Foundation to assist with the purchase of 3D Mammography technology. The new Hologic Genius 3D Mammography™ system was installed at the hospital last week. Additional assistance was received from the ERMC Foundation ($279,360), the ERMC Auxiliary ($64,000), and Women Working Wonders ($6,000).

Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius 3D Mammography™ exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers and decrease the number of women asked to return for additional testing. In conventional 2D Mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A 3D exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

In addition, ERMC is the first in the region to offer the new SmartCurve technology with mammograms for improved comfort. The SmartCurve system features a proprietary, ergonomically designed curved surface that mirrors the shape of a woman’s breast to reduce pinching and allow better distribution of pressure over the entire breast. It is clinically proven to deliver a more comfortable mammogram without compromising image quality and has the potential to increase screening for women who have reported avoiding regular mammograms due to the fear of discomfort associated with breast compression.

“We are excited to help Eaton Rapids Medical Center offer the most advanced care possible and an improved mammogram experience,” stated Emily Matthews, Manager of the Dart Foundation “The health of our community is very important to the Dart Foundation Board of Directors.”

The Dart Foundation is a private family foundation established by Dart Container Corporation founder William A. Dart and his wife Claire T. Dart. The Foundation supports projects that enhance education, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, and those that improve the quality of life in specific communities.

For more information on Eaton Rapids Medical Center breast care, call (517) 663-9426 or visit

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