Biopsy system saves time

Trainee mammographer Holly Scotson with superintendent radiographer Carol Barrass and senior radiographer Sheila Hattersley.


The breast screening unit situated in the Chatham Suite at Rotherham General Hospital is making full use of its Bioptics piXarray Digital Specimen System.


While it is cared for and looked after by the breast screening unit, it is moved to theatres twice a week, where it is used by the breast surgeons for imaging wide local excision specimens.  


Breast screening unit manager Carol Barrass explained: “The Bioptics has proved easy to use and popular with staff.  It has been reliable and consistently produces a high quality image that, where necessary, can be simply and easily manipulated through ‘contrasting’ to draw out further information.


“We use the Bioptics for imaging core biopsy specimens in the Chatham Suite.  Due to its neat and compact design, it is very easy for us to wheel it up to theatres, often twice a week.  There, the theatre staff operate the system on behalf of the surgeons to give them instant confirmation of ‘clear’ margins for surgical specimens.  All the images are very easily transferred via PACS to the patient files.”


See the full report on page 10 of the July 2010 issue of RAD Magazine.

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