Donations Fund $1.2 Million Mammography Equipment for the QEH

March 4, 2022

Valerie Docherty, left, Chair for the QEH Foundation’s Annual Friends for Life Campaign, and Dr. Kim Hender, QEH Radiologist, stand by one of the hospital’s current mammography machines that will soon be replaced thanks to an outpouring of donor support.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation is pleased to share that donations to the Annual Friends for Life Campaign have funded two new digital mammography machines for the diagnostic imaging department at the QEH.

Valerie Docherty, Campaign Chair, says she is not surprised that Islanders have come together, once again, to support this cause.

“I would like to thank every donor who responded to the need for mammography equipment and those who continue to donate toward other equipment priorities at our Island’s largest hospital,” says Docherty.  “We look forward to celebrating the arrival of the new machines and sharing stories of many beautiful gifts made in support of mammography equipment, including a generous donation from Mary-Jean Irving/ Master Packaging Inc.”

The state-of-the-art mammography machines will replace the two current models at the QEH that are more than 12 years old. The newer machines have improved technology that will allow radiologists to more easily detect breast cancers. A component of the new machines will allow for tomosynthesis, which will assist with imaging of dense breast tissue and should decrease the number of biopsies that patients are subjected to. 

Gifts made to the Annual Friends for Life Campaign continue to support critical needs for anesthesia, endoscopy, and the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre. The QEH Foundation Board and staff gratefully acknowledge the heartfelt community support that continues to advance health care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.  


For more information:
Kathleen Murphy
Director, Communications
QEH Foundation

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