South Georgia hospital on cutting edge of mammography

New 3D machine added to imaging department

CORDELE, Ga. — Crisp Regional Health Services cut the ribbon on a new 3D Mammography machine Thursday morning.

Marlene Kimball, chairman of the Cordele-Crisp Chamber of Commerce gave a word of

The new machine is the first of its kind in Georgia.

welcome to those attending the event, held in the imaging department of Crisp Regional Hospital. 

“I am pleased to tell our audience I have experienced the new machine and it makes a big difference,” said Kimball. “I am sure for the doctors who read the results but also for the patients because it is much more comfortable. I encourage all women to be sure to have their mammograms once a year for their health.”

The new machine is the first in Georgia and the first in the southeast. The $500,000 machine is named Christina and utilizes computer-driven, artificial intelligence to assist physicians in gathering data and applying the gathering of that data toward providing better diagnosis.

“It’s the about the most enhanced technology available for mammography available anywhere in the southeast,” said Steve Gautney, CEO of Crisp Regional Health Services. “We are pleased to have this technology employed here. I appreciate the board’s leadership”

Gautney said the equipment was purchased through funding the hospital received from the Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program.

“We appreciate all the people that contributed to that and this is a way that your tax dollars can be focused on our community and serving our citizens,” Gautney said. 

CRH imaging director Shelvia Koontz said this is not the first time the hospital has been on the cutting edge in the imaging department. 

“We are grateful to our administration and our board for seeing the need to get better equipment,” she said. 

Mammography Tech Kathy Bodrey cut the ribbon on the new machine. Bodrey has been the tech for more than 25 years.

Women are encouraged to get their mammograms each year.