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Phoebe Sumter Implements New Cancer Screening Technology


Albany, Ga. – Patients now have access to the latest technology and advancement in early detection of breast cancer and cervical cancer at Phoebe Sumter. The hospital offers 3-D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) and the Augusta Howard Warren Center recently launched the DySIS Advanced Cervical Imaging System. “Both of these technologies are huge advances for women’s health not only in Sumter County but for the region,” said Patricia Fennessy, MD, board certified obstetrician/gynecologist with Phoebe Physicians.

More than 12,000 U.S. women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year and 4,000 die from the disease. Colposcopy, which can be very subjective and has remained unchanged for decades, is an exam performed after a woman has an abnormal Pap smear. The DySIS Advanced Cervical Imaging System has advanced the standard colposcopy technique by using digital imaging technology that assists physicians in detecting changes in a women’s cervix and helping guide biopsy selection to determine the best course of treatment to prevent cervical cancer.

Dr. Fennessy says the DySIS allows her and other Phoebe OB/GYN physicians to better pinpoint questionable areas on the cervix as well as share real time information with patients. “Our patients will be able to see images and a color-coded map in real time, during the exam.”

The 3-D mammography is nearly identical to a routine mammogram, except that in mammography the machine is stationary, while in tomosynthesis it moves around the breast. During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. The 3-D view of the breast tissue helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.

Tomosynthesis technology has a 40 percent higher invasive cancer detection rate than conventional 2-D mammography alone and provides up to a 40 percent reduction in false positive recalls. The new system also offers exceptional sharp images and ergonomic design for patient comfort.

“We’re excited to continue advancing the services available on Phoebe Sumter’s campus and grateful for the support of the Phoebe Sumter Foundation in making these a reality for our service area. Both of these new technologies will help us detect breast cancer and cervical cancer early or its precursors and begin appropriate treatment, to hopefully avoid cancer cases” said Dr. Fennessy.

The Phoebe Sumter Foundation partnered with Phoebe Putney Health System to purchase the new technology. With the help of generous donors, the Foundation was able to contribute $250,000, paying for half of the new equipment.

Phoebe Obstetrics & Gynecology understands the work/life balance today’s woman handles and are here to ensure that she remains healthy and stays on track, no matter her stage in life. From well visits to specialty treatments and procedures, Phoebe Obstetrics & Gynecology serves their patients with care and compassion.


For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 229-931-7155.