County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is delighted
to be welcoming local personality Denise Robertson to officially
unveil a new state-of-the-art mammography system at University
Hospital of North Durham on Tuesday 1 May.
Women in County Durham are to benefit from earlier
detection of breast cancer thanks to a £300,000 investment in the
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, which
runs the Durham Hospital, is the first in the region to provide
patients with access to this high tech equipment which delivers
enhanced imaging, diagnostic modalities including tomosynthesis and
Dr Julie Cox, Radiology Consultant at the Trust said:
"This is a significant investment, improving the experience for
local women by having their mammograms on state-of-the-art digital
equipment, which improves visualisation of the breast tissue,
especially in younger women. The new mammography machine enables
images to be viewed on computer screens and then be sent on to
experts to interpret at a push of a button."
Breast imaging with mammography involves having two X-ray
pictures of each breast. If breast cancer is found early, it is
more likely that patients will be able to have breast-conserving
surgery. It is also more likely that they will have a greater
chance of surviving breast cancer in the long-term.
The new mammography system installed in Durham is capable
of providing a 3D digital image and tomosynthesis which increases
the sensitivity and specificity of the diagnostic imaging. This
enhanced feature enables precise 3D digital breast imaging that
significantly improves the early detection rate of breast
Dr Cox adds: "Using the new screening equipment with the
3d tomosynthesis improves the detection of early stage tumours and
is especially useful in younger patients who have denser breast
tissue. Three dimensional images of the breast tissue enable
improvements in the detection and classification of tissue changes.
This means better early detection and can reduce the need for
further examinations and biopsies. The new system has also been
designed to enhance the degree of patient comfort."
Dr Robin Mitchell, Medical Director for County Durham and
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust said: "We have made a significant
investment in the new equipment which will provide us with better
images and create a more comfortable experience for patients. We
are delighted that Denise was able to join us for this event and
would like to thank her for the support she has given to the
Published: 1 May 2012
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have this service at all and well done to you all.'
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