Thanks to the generous donations of many people over the last few years, the charity has been able to afford its biggest acquisition yet.
Digital breast tomosynthesis (or 3-D mammography) has arrived at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and has been installed in the Maidstone Breast Clinic.
Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), otherwise known as 3-D mammography is a newly developed technology that can increase the detection rate of small breast cancers. This new technique has now been investigated in the UK and several European Breast Units. In the Oslo Tomosynthesis Screening Trial, the addition of DBT increased the invasive cancer detection rate by as much as 40% and showed a 15% decrease in false positive readings.
This is great news for the patients who are screened at the unit and is all thanks to those who’ve supported the charity so generously.