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Retail Labs Give Patients Information, But Needle Doctors

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U.S. Navy doctors Lt. Cmdr Ralph Pickard (left) and Ens. Jesse Rohloff study a patient's mammogram images at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. CWO4 Seth Rossman/U.S. Navy hide caption

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