Published Friday, May 25th, 2018 at 11:02 am
Higher resolution on diagnostic images improves breast cancer detectability
The Mater Private Hospital has installed the most advanced mammography equipment on the market and invested over €400,000 in the technology.
The new Hologic 3Dimensions mammogram machine began operating in the Mater Private Hospital in Dublin earlier this month and has been using specific technology called Tomosynthesis which allows radiographers obtain a series of thin images through the breast, offering visual images in the highest definition available which improved detection rates.
The new machine and technology also allows radiologists to reduce the time to perform biopsies from 20 minutes to 10 minutes resulting in improved patient experience and diagnostic accuracy.
Speaking about the new equipment, Associate Professor Paddy Gilligan, Chief Physicist and Registered Radiation Protection Advisor, Mater Private Hospital said, “The new mammography equipment will allow radiographers to obtain images in 2D and 3D, offering the highest visual images possible. We are the only hospital in Ireland with these 70 microns (0.07 mm) high resolution Tomosynthesis technology and to date we have invested over €400,000 in the new equipment so that we can improve detectability and decrease biopsy procedure times by half.
“According to research, 1 in 9 women will develop breast cancer during the course of their lifetime and we know that the earlier it is diagnosed, the better the clinical outcomes for patients.”
Additional information is available by contacting the Specialist Breast Centre in the Mater Private Hospital on 01 885 8294.