Digital mammography in Augusta

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January 21, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga.---More than 180,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. About 4500 of those cases are in Georgia.

Doctors Hospital in Augusta now has a new digital mammography system to help experts detect the disease.

It gives a clear, more detailed image, and is more comfortable for the
patient. It's already in use at Doctors.

Patient Kari Wilkes told News 12, "The compression is less and it did not hurt as much as the analog machine, so it was more helpful, and the visual, you can see more."

Sue Cisco of the hospital's Women's Diagnostic Center says, "I'm very
impressed by the images that we get. I think it's great for younger women because we get a good quality image for them."

She adds that it's very important for women to get yearly mammograms.
That's the best way to catch any cancer early.

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