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Derriford Hospital Celebrates its Breast Imaging Department’s First Digital Anniversary

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Derriford Hospital, part of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, celebrates its first digital anniversary with the installation of four MAMMOMAT Inspiration™ systems from Siemens Healthcare. (Left to right) Dr Jim Steel, Consultant Radiologist; Vince Golledge, Regional Sales and Corporate Business Manager at Siemens Healthcare; Diane Burkhalter, Deputy Superintendent Radiographer Breast Screening; Diana Nicholson, Superintendent Radiographer Breast Imaging; and Samantha Smith, Product Specialist for Mammography Systems at Siemens Healthcare.Four MAMMOMAT Inspirations from Siemens Healthcare installed to improve workflow and patient comfort

Derriford Hospital, part of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, is celebrating the one year anniversary of its Primrose Breast Care Centre transitioning from analogue to digital. The transformation included the installation of four MAMMOMAT Inspiration™ Full Field Digital mammography systems from Siemens Healthcare.

Two of the MAMMOMAT Inspiration systems are based in the breast imaging department and are used for both screening assessments and symptomatic work; one unit is based in Plymouth’s Guildhall; while a fourth is a mobile unit and used at various locations in the local area. Both off-site systems are used for breast screening.

The transformation from analogue systems to digital has resulted in workflow efficiencies and an improved patient experience throughout the department and on the mobile system.  As a result of the reduced time required to complete breast screening examinations, appointments for mammograms have been shortened, providing the potential for savings through increased capacity.

The hospital selected the MAMMOMAT Inspiration system for its rapid turnaround time between patients as well as its excellent ergonomic design. The system allows images to be instantly acquired, ensuring the best possible image is taken at the time of the mammogram and thereby reducing the need for return visits from patients.

The installation of the MAMMOMAT Inspiration systems has allowed the hospital to offer beautiful full-field digital image quality for stereo, complementing their prone table system.  The system features new compression technologies, a paddle design and an isocentric rotation of the X-ray tube to make system handling simpler. This also helps improve workflow and patient comfort.

In addition, the MAMMOMAT Inspiration system’s easy and user-friendly operability allows radiographers to position the system correctly with a single click, as opposed to previous systems which required staff to manually move systems into place.

“The key benefit for both staff and patients is that images can be seen straight away, helping to streamline workflow and improve patient comfort,” said Diana Nicholson, Superintendent Radiographer, Breast Imaging at Derriford Hospital. “The system is also easy for staff to use, as they no longer have to swap the bucky in-between procedures.  Patients have remarked on the system’s comfort aided by the MAMMOMAT Inspiration’s flexible paddle and ergonomic design.”

“We are delighted that Derriford Hospital is celebrating its digital transformation anniversary following the installation of four MAMMOMAT Inspirations into the Primrose Breast Care Centre,” said Vince Golledge, Regional Sales and Corporate Business Manager at Siemens Healthcare.  “The Trust is benefiting from systems that are not only simple to operate, but produce high quality images in a more comfortable environment for the patient.”

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