3D mammography equipment at the Wamego Health Center. (Brandon Peoples/KMAN)

The Wamego Health Foundation is celebrating after a successful Diamonds and Denim virtual fundraiser that saw over $74,000 raised to support the health center’s 3D mammography upgrade.

In a news release Wednesday, Wamego Hospital Foundation Development Director Tina Rockhold noted that event participants and the community “demonstrated phenomenal support” for the life-saving technology. Many call the technology the gold standard when it comes to diagnosing breast cancer.

Studies show that 3D technology improves detection by 27 to 50 percent and in many cases, 3D mammograms are better at finding more invasive types of cancer, leading to earlier and better treatment options.

The Wamego Hospital Association launched a $322,000 campaign in 2019 to help support the new technology. Rockhold says to date, $133,000 has been donated to the campaign.

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