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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

September 4, 2008

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - New technology in Thomasville is helping to detect cancer sooner and is saving lives. Archbold Memorial Hospital has added new digital mammography service. It uses digital images as opposed to traditional X-ray film, which has benefits for patients.

One in eight women in America today has breast cancer.  That's why doctors recommend a mammogram every year after the age of 40.

"The type of breast cancer I have was in the very early stages, and it was so far back into the chest wall, back of the breast that it was undetectable by hand examination. So if I had not had a mammogram it would have gone undetected," says Janice Beckham who was diagnosed with breast cancer 18 months ago.

It's stories like Janice Beckham's that have radiologists at Archbold Memorial Hospital thrilled to have a new digital mammography service.

Archbold got the new machines this summer. It has several benefits doctors appreciate that traditional mammograms don't offer.

"It is beneficial because it has great contrast resolution which aids in viewing dense breast tissue which a lot of women under 50 have," says Dr. Jacqueline Smith.

Doctors aren't the only ones enjoying the new machine. Patients like it because it's fast and easy. It takes 10-15 minutes to process conventional film mammography. These images are acquired in less than a minute.

The hospital is hoping the new technology will draw more women in for their annual screenings. Archbold is holding a women's health fair this Saturday from 9 to noon with health screenings and demonstrations.

Call 228-2743 to register. Feedback