The Medical Imaging department at South Georgia Medical Center announces the provision of two advanced imaging services— digital mammography and breast MRI.Using the new digital mammography system, patients will enjoy quicker exams with cutting-edge precision. “This is a new and powerful technology for the detection and fight against breast cancer,” says SGMC’s Chief of Radiology Andrew Spell, MD. “Digital systems like this one allow us to offer state-of-the-art mammograms that are fast and much less susceptible to exposure errors making repeat exams far less frequent. With digital mammo, the images are ready in less than 30 seconds—there is no wait for films to be developed. If a second opinion is needed, the image can be sent electronically to a consulting physician.”Dr. Spell went on to explain that digital mammography provides images that are often clearer and can sometimes be more sensitive in the detection of early breast cancer. “There are numerous advantages to a digital system, he says. “It offers an excellent view of the breast, especially near the skin line, chest wall and in women with diverse breast tissue types. However, perhaps one of the biggest advantages with this new technology is the decrease in radiation exposure to patients.”Breast MRI may detect abnormalities that are not evident clinically, mammographically, or sonographically. For women who are at high risk for breast cancer due to family history, recent clinical trials have demonstrated that breast MRI can significantly improve the detection of cancer that is otherwise clinically and mammographically occult. Breast MRI is also used to evaluate patients with silicone or saline breast implants, stage the progression of disease, and even during chemotherapy to observe changes following treatment.‘We are very excited to offer both of these technologies,” states SGMC’s Assistant Administrator for Ancillary Services George Hardy. “By providing outstanding diagnostic equipment for our patients we are improving access to quality local health care. It is a privilege we take very seriously.”For more information on either of these technologies, talk with your physician. For additional information, contact SGMC’s Medical Imaging department at 229.259.4850.