Mobile checks go digital

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THE age range of women being checked for breast cancer is set to be widened with the launch of a digital mobile screening unit.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Queen Alexandra Hospital, is to start the service at the end of this month.

It will allow the trust to check around 30,000 women a year – extending the current age range of those tested from 50 -70, to 47-73.

Dr Mike King, consultant radiologist and clinical director of the Breast Screening Service, said: ‘One of the benefits of the new equipment is the images can be easily manipulated on a computer to make them easier to interpret by the consultant and can be securely sent between hospitals.

‘The contrast of the images taken is much better than with the previous photographic film, especially in younger women and those with dense glandular tissue, aiding diagnosis of a problem.’

The trust has been using digital mammography equipment at QA since 2009, but will now be digital too.’