Non-Profit Improving Accuracy, Speed of Breast Cancer Screenings

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A non-profit organization that offers breast cancer screenings around the state is improving the accuracy and speed of services with new technology.

Odette Butler, executive director of the Fairbanks based Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska says a new mobile clinic will provide digital screenings.

Butler says digital screening is superior to the analog technology the BCDC has used in the past.

Butler says that her organization will now be able to provide digital screenings to most of the 56 Alaskan communities it serves, but that the mobile unit is too big to fly into seven fly-in only communities. She says the center’s next acquisition will be a smaller portable digital screening machine, but that agency first has to pay off the half million dollar mobile unit.  It’s expected to be delivered in June.

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