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Published on May 19, 2008

Georgetown Hospital System’s Georgetown Memorial Hospital Now Offers Digital Mammography

Monday, May 19, 2008

Georgetown, SC – Digital mammography is now available at locations throughout the Georgetown Hospital Family.  Georgetown Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Imaging Center recently added digital mammography capabilities.  The technology was first available locally to women in Georgetown and Horry Counties at Georgetown Hospital System’s Imaging Center at Waccamaw Medical Park.

The new system provides physicians with clear and precise all-digital images, rather than images produced and stored on traditional X-ray film. This allows for image manipulation to more easily detect small lesions and calcifications.

“This is new and powerful technology that helps detect and fight breast cancer,” says Radiologist Dr. Robert Whitehead, “The digital system allows us to offer our patients mammogram exams that are faster without sacrificing quality.”

There are numerous advantages to a digital system.  In some cases, it offers a better view of the breast, especially near the skin line, chest wall and in women with dense breast tissue.

The digital image is ready to review within 10 seconds, eliminating the patient wait for films to be developed to ensure images are of diagnostic quality. Digital mammography exams take as little as half the time of traditional film examinations.

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