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GHSU uses 3D machine for mammograms

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Augusta, GA (WFXG) - Georgia Health Sciences University recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month by encouraging women to get their annual mammograms.

The hospital is the only one in the area using new technology to detect breast cancer earlier. Approved by the FDA in February, breast tomosynthesis produces a three-dimensional image of the breast, providing a clearer view of breast tissue. The technology improves images by digitally combining multiple X-rays to reduce distortion created by tissue overlap or density.

"It allows us to not only pick up cancers earlier, but also we can; areas that might look abnormal, the 3D lets us evaluate those areas better," said Dr. Karen Panzitta, clinic director of breast imaging services at GHSU.

During the month of October, GHSU is keeping their offices open on Saturdays for women to come in to get a mammogram. The American Cancer Society recommends women should get an annual exam beginning at age 40.

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