Breast screening made easier after new scanner purchase

26th April 2011

Hundreds of lives could be saved across Teeside after the purchase of a new scanner to help with breast screening in the area.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust has invested £2.3 million in the new high-tech digital scanner, which will be used for breast screening in Teeside, parts of County Durham and parts of North Yorkshire.

Gazette Live reported that the technology saves time when screening for cancer, as it gives instant results.

Similar technology will be bought for mobile breast screening in the near future.

Carol Jackson, lead manager for the project, said: "We’re delighted to be bringing in this new system right across the whole screening service. It moves us well into the 21st century and will be better for patients and staff."

Breast screening is routinely offered to all women between the ages of 50 and 70. The procedure takes an X-Ray of each breast in a bid to discover cancer in its earliest stages.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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