Spire Manchester Hospital has become the first private hospital in Greater Manchester to offer digital mammograms. 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.
Consultant Breast Surgeon Mr Lester Barr who works at Spire Manchester Hospital said “The quality of the mammograms on this new state of the art digital machine is outstanding and allows us to detect even the tiniest of early lumps.”
Digital mammography differs from film by converting the X-ray out put 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.
“Early detection is the key to curing breast cancer effectively, and this new digital technology is another step forward,” concluded Mr Lester Barr.