Shooting Star jets ahead

With their latest acquisition are lead mammographer Meryl Rogers, consultant radiologist Dr David Parker, consultant radiologist Dr Meena Powell, senior radiographer Chris Jones and imaging department assistant Ann Matthews.


The Shooting Star Unit at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, part of the NE Wales NHS Trust, has acquired a Toshiba Aplio XG ultrasound system for its symptomatic breast unit.  


The unit provides a specialist venue for outpatient and day care of patients with cancer, including a dedicated women’s clinic.  Radiology services manager Helen Hughes said, “The system particularly suited our requirements for breast work.” 


The Aplio XG has an array of technologies specifically designed to extend diagnostic performance, including ElastoQ and MicroPure packages for breast imaging.  ElastoQ assists in quantifying palpation of breast masses by providing a robust numerical indicator for malignancy.   MicroPure can help identify microcalcifications.


The breast unit, opened in 2004, was funded through several sources, including over £1 million raised through a Shooting Star Appeal.


See the full story on page 22 of the April 2009 issue of RAD Magazine.

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