Technology will assist hospital
A NORTH-east cancer charity has funded a state-of-the-art software upgrade which will improve cancer management for those with breast cancer or suspected tumours who are treated in the area.
Friends of Anchor paid £19,000 for a software licence which allows a new type of advanced 3D scanning to be carried out.
The cutting-edge technology is in place within the breast symptomatic department at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) and will benefit around 250 patients a year.
The upgrade allows the existing mammography machine within the radiology department to carry out tomosynthesis-guided biopsy; a relatively new, advanced type of mammography, which makes biopsies more accurate and helps to improve cancer detection.
Dr Gerald Lip, consultant radiologist and clinical director for the North East Scotland Breast Screening Programme, applied to Friends of Anchor for the funding.
He said the benefits to the department have been marked since the upgrade was put in place in late 2018.
Dr Lip said: "The 3D breast biopsy software upgrade we received thanks to Friends of Anchor has already started to benefit patient management. Some lesions are only seen using this method, so the benefits are significant. It will also attract staff."