Every year the QEH Annual Friends for Life Campaign focuses on raising funds to purchase priority medical equipment to assist the QEH hospital family in providing the best health care possible. Support from the community enables us to purchase life-saving, up-to-date medical equipment and technology to care for all Islanders in times of need.

Essentially 100% of on-going medical equipment needs are funded by donations. Gifts of all sizes make a huge impact on patients of the QEH, their families, friends and communities.

This year, the Annual Friends for Life Campaign funded brand new Digital Mammography Equipment for the Diagnostic Imaging Department.

Mammography screens for breast cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most successful. One of these new state-of-the-art units will be equipped with new advanced technology known as tomosynthesis. This technology captures multiple cross-sectional images of the patient’s breast, in less time, and pinpoints the exact location of a breast abnormality by using computer analysis of x-rays taken from two different angles. 

Digital Mammography Units

Mammography takes a low dose x-ray of the breast to detect different types of abnormalities, including cancerous tumors. Mammography can detect cancer that is too small to identify during a physical examination.

The new equipment will bring increased image quality and detection of abnormalities to allow the radiologists to see even more detail to accurately diagnose patients. Tomosynthesis provides additional imaging for those who are called back after the initial breast screening mammogram.

L-R: Chelsea O’Neil, Medical Radiation Technologist; Jamie Lynn Bell, Acting Provincial Breast Cancer Screening Coordinator stand in front of one of the new Mammography Machines