New Digital Mammography at Spire Little Aston

June 2013

Spire Little Aston Hospital has just installed the most up to date digital mammography unit to further enhance the breast service that we currently offer. The hospital which is a BUPA approved breast cancer centre has been offering breast care services for over 25 years. The hospital offers both diagnosis and surgical treatment for breast cancer as well as other breast conditions.

A new Siemens Mammomat Inspiration will give optimum images with minimum radiation dose in line with current NICE guidelines for breast imaging in the UK. This state of the art equipment marks a move from analogue to digital and ensures that the hospital stays at the forefront of cutting edge technology.

The equipment can be used for screening mammograms to look for disease in patients who have no breast symptoms as well as for symptomatic ladies.

Digital mammography differs from film by converting the X-ray output in to a digital image. The machine used and the images produced are very similar but the advantage is the image can be manipulated.
The images are produced and assess by the technician instantly, which means the patients spend less time being examined and there is less chance of images needing to be repeated due to over or under exposure.
The digital machine is quicker and therefore patients spend less time in uncomfortable positions. The images can also be stored, retrieved and transferred more easily, which should help in speeding up diagnosis particularly when a second opinion may be requested.

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