Digital mammography investment

TWO digital mammography machines will be installed at Bassetlaw Hospital this summer as part of the £1.3m investment in breastcare services. The investment involves a total internal refurbishment and reconfiguration of the whole of the existing breast imaging department, with minor alterations to the gynaecology outpatients area, including two new mammography rooms equipped with Siemens scanners. The new machines cost £281,000 and are being funded by the Bassetlaw Breastcare Appeal. Dr Phillip Stannard, clinical director of medical imaging at the trust, said: "This is a significant investment, improving the experience for local women by having their mammograms on state-of-the-art digital equipment, which improves visualisation of the breast tissue, especially in younger women. The new machines enable images to be viewed on computer screens and sent to experts at a push of a button."