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New technology boosts breast care service

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 31, 2012

Derriford Hospital

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A Devon hospital has become one of the first in the country to deploy cutting edge imaging technology to improve its breast cancer diagnosis.

Derriford Hospital, in Plymouth, is to carry out checks using a new technique and upgraded technology called tomosynthesis.

The equipment uses a three-dimensional imaging technique that provides an arbitrary set of reconstructed images of the breast.

The Primrose Breast Care Centre at Derriford is to install the 3D tomosynthesis upgrade to one of its mammomat X-ray machines. The hospital said the system "has the potential of improving early detection of breast cancer".

A spokesman also said it would also lead to fewer false alarms in diagnosis.

Dr Gareth Porter, consultant radiologist and clinical director of imaging, said it would "improve the quality of the service we provide to our patients at a time we recognise can be very stressful".

"Without the support of the Primrose Foundation we would not be in the fortunate position to develop the clinical research that will help shape future clinical practice."

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