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COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) - Columbus Regional Hospital is one of five places in the nation to use a new diagnostic machine that's designed to detect lung cancer earlier and more reliably.

Columbus Hospital began using the $70,000 machine earlier this summer to diagnose about ten patients per week.

The imaging technology allows doctors to obtain conclusive biopsies on deep, tiny cancerous lesions that earlier procedures had difficulty reaching.

The SuperDimension Bronchus System was approved by Food and Drug Administration in November 2004.

Focus has been drawn to lung cancer since long-time ABC anchorman Peter Jennings died of the disease Sunday and Christopher Reeve's widow, Dana Reeve, announced this week that she has the disease.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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