News | September 01, 2009

Breast Biopsies Performed Via Full-Field Digital Mammography

September 1, 2009 - The Mammography Department at NHS Fife’s Queen Margaret Hospital has installed MAMMOMAT Inspiration, a full-field direct digital mammography system from Siemens Healthcare, which includes a stereotactic biopsy attachment and syngo MammoReport workstation.

The stereotactic biopsy attachment provides the clinician with valuable guidance through the biopsy procedure enabling vertical and lateral access to breast lesions, of particular use when trying to access technically challenging areas in the breast. The attachment has an easy to use set up and is lightweight, weighing less than 5kg. It also allows clinicians to control the tube angle directly from the workstation, eliminating the need to walk between the system and station.

After sliding the biopsy attachment onto the detector, the configuration settings will automatically switch to stereotactic biopsy mode and activate the biopsy examination tab card at the workstation. Combined with the fully motorized needle-holder that moves automatically to the correct position, the attachment streamlines workflow for a swifter and more precise examination. More accurate results minimizes the need for repeating any uncomfortable procedures on patients.

The syngo MammoReport workstation facilitates improved workflow, uploading examination results in just one second for fast and accessible viewing. Up to eight mammogram images can be viewed simultaneously. The examination process is also swifter as images can be seen straight away. If the patient needs to be re-positioned for another scan, this can be done whilst they are still at the system rather than having to undress again and repeat the process.

The MAMMOMAT Inspiration also includes a MoodLight feature that emits changing and calming colors into the patient examination area designed to help ease patient anxiety and improve the chances of getting a good quality image first time. The system includes new compression technologies and paddle design for the latest in patient comfort, plus the isocentric rotation of the X-ray tube makes system handling simpler to improve workflow. It also offers an advanced image resolution of the whole breast for detailed diagnosis.

For more information: www.siemens.com/healthcare

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