Matron's Blog - Digital Mammography

Yes that’s right, it’s the return of the eagerly anticipated Matron’s Blog!, and to coincide with the launch of the hospital’s new digital mammography machine, this blog will focus on the new technology and try to outline some of the advantages it will bring to the hospital and our patients.

What is it?
Digital mammography is a breast screening technology that uses digital receptors and computers to help examine breast tissue for breast cancer. The electrical signals, which can be viewed on computer screens, allow radiologists to manipulate the images, making it far easier to spot micro calcifications and diagnose tumours earlier.

Advantages
Digital mammography has numerous advantages over its predecessor, X-Ray film. Whereas before Consultants would often have to repeat the examination in order to manipulate the images for contrast and resolution, increasing the patient’s overall X-Ray exposure, digital mammography allows Consultants to view the images immediately while the patient is still in the room. As a result Consultants are able to make immediate decisions on any further treatments that might be necessary, making the entire patient journey quicker and more efficient.

This new development in identifying breast cancers is likely to prevent the occurrence of misdiagnoses and unnecessary operations.

Sister Jackie Skinner, Breast Care Nurse at The Spire Bristol Hospital, spoke of the hospital’s latest investment:

“Advances in breast screening technologies, include digital mammogram”.

“Whereas conventional mammography captures images of breast tissue on x-ray film, digital mammography uses computer imaging”.

“Just as digital cameras have changed our family photo album, digital mammography has improved the quality of breast imaging”.

“The experience for women is largely the same, but what the digital does allow is computerised enhancements to give us a better, clearer picture of what is going on in the breast”.

“This clearer picture will help clinicians discover many more cancers at an earlier, more easily treated stage”.

For more information on digital mammography please visit our website below.  Or if you wish to book an appointment for a breast scan please call our bookings department 01179 804070.

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