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City Heights Imaging Clinic Opens To Find Cancer, Osteoporosis

Evening Edition

A new state-of-the-art imaging clinic officially opened Friday in City Heights. The center uses high-tech digital scans to detect cancer and osteoporosis.

Aired 6/8/12 on KPBS News.

A new state-of-the-art imaging clinic officially opened Friday in City Heights. The center uses high-tech digital scans to detect cancer and osteoporosis.

John Lethin, the director of the imaging center.
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Above: John Lethin, the director of the imaging center.

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Since its unofficial opening in February, the Imaging Center at the La Maestra community health clinic has screened 500 patients and found six breast cancer cases.

The center’s director, doctor John Lethin said their new mammogram digital scanner can detect cancers smaller than the tip of your little finger.

"We use filmlesstechnology of very high resolution," he said. "We can detect very subtle abnormalities in the breast. It’s much more sensitive than the film screen mammogram."

La Maestra’s center also has a similar high-definition bone density scanner for osteoporosis screening.

Video by Nicholas McVicker

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