Pair of mammography systems improve comfort at Royal Derby

Two 3D mammography systems that offer women a more comfortable breast examination experience have been installed at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust. The GE Senographe Pristina mammography systems were installed by Althea as part of the trust’s managed equipment service contract that began in 2014.

The upgraded facilities include tomosynthesis, biopsy and contrast enhancement, features missing from the hospital’s old equipment. These enable the team at Royal Derby Hospital to be at the forefront of technology and research.

Designed to ease the anxiety of patients as they enter the room, the Senographe Pristina offers patient comfort to ensure women are comfortable during their examination.

Breast screening and PACS clinical manager Lee Chlechowicz said: “The new pieces of equipment are ergonomically designed and have enhanced capabilities that enable our patients to have a more comfortable and comprehensive diagnostic experience in a single visit, rather than having to come back for the biopsy on a separate occasion. Our clinicians and radiographers also benefit from these installations as they increase our scope of practice and meet requirements for continued professional development.”

Althea offers UK and Ireland hospitals a range of technology services including multi-vendor maintenance, integrated clinical consumables management and equipment sales or rentals.

Picture: Senior radiographer Jordan Reid, superintendent radiographer Jean Bonsall, senior radiographer Fiona Oliver and superintendent radiographer Elaine Lewis.

Published on page 15 of the July 2019 issue of RAD Magazine.

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