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mammographyJune 9-- Meadows Regional Medical Center is excited to announce the installation of the latest technology for mammography: GE Healthcare’s Senographe Pristina new 3D digital mammography unit.

The new technology, appropriate for women of all breast densities, provides greater clarity and detail than a 2D mammography unit. As a result, the number of callbacks for additional imaging following screening mammography are significantly reduced. It also improves breast cancer detection by 27-50%, detecting breast cancer at the earliest possible stage when it’s most treatable.

Left to Right: Dr. Susanna Meredith, Vidalia Women’s Center Physician; Dr. Anna Franklin, Meadows Regional Medical Center Radiologist; Tracey Kennedy, Meadows Regional Medical Center Director of Radiology.

Tracey Kennedy, Director of Radiology at Meadows Regional Medical Center, says the machine is more accurate than earlier machines, and a lot more comfortable for the women who are having mammograms.

“The main reason women don’t have a mammogram is because of anxiety from pain and discomfort,” Kennedy said. “The Senographe Pristina offers pristine image quality for accurate diagnosis, which results in early detection of breast cancers. It also has rounded corners and redesigned armrests for a more comfortable, relaxed position, and it also delivers less radiation than other systems.” Kennedy also added, “When women are relaxed and comfortable, there is less movement, which enhances the quality of the image, improving our ability to catch and diagnose abnormalities.”

The American Cancer Society suggests women age 40 and over have a breast exam annually. Mammography may be performed on younger women when there is a strong family history of breast cancer.

For more information about 3D mammography or to schedule a mammogram, call Meadows Regional Medical Center Scheduling at 912-535-5679.

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