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Ohana Mammography Center upgrades imaging machines

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Doctors say new digital imaging machines at Ohana Mammography Center in Yakima work much faster and give a clearer picture than their previous equipment.

The older machines had a harder time seeing through patients with thicker tissue, forcing them to conduct a battery of additional tests.

One of the employees at the center, Mammogram Technologist Amy Stickel, said she had this problem. She told us it's a relief to narrow everything down to just one test.

"The difference is absolutely incredible and it's nice to know that just having a negative screening exam is enough," Stickel said.

Doctors say these new machines are more accurate and they use 30 percent less radiation in tests. Ohana says they spent a million dollars on the new equipment.