London, UK - South Lancashire Breast Screening Service based at The Thomas Linacre Centre, Wigan, recently replaced three existing mammography units with state-of-the-art Philips MicroDose L30 mammography systems. The systems are installed on mobile screening trailers.
Commenting on their choice, Karen Hindley, Superintendent Radiographer says, “We primarily chose the Philips equipment because of the low radiation dose and ease-of-use. In particular, it can accommodate differing radiographer work patterns, it is simple to re-label images and it allows a quick patient turnaround.” On their experience since installation of the new systems, she adds, “We have had good feedback from clients as the curved detector plate seems to make the examination less painful”. She also remarks on the “excellent service engineer backup” they have received.
MicroDose L30 offers the ability to deliver high-quality breast images at a significant reduction in dose as compared to other Full Field Digital Mammography (FFDM) systems, with no compromise on image quality. MicroDose uses X-ray photon-counting technology. Since X-rays are digital by nature and the Philips detector counts them one-by-one, a direct capture of individual X-rays occurs. This means that there is no electronic noise in the image and no information loss in the conversion steps, as is the case in all other digital detector technologies. In addition, MicroDose Smart AEC continually adjusts radiation exposure depending on the density of the breast. This provides a totally automated correct exposure without the need for pre-exposures, AEC adjustment or specific positioning.
The ergonomic design of the MicroDose L30 means that, together with its ease-of-use, the stress on the user is minimised, with the whole procedure, including image acquisition taking less than five minutes. Workflow is extremely efficient allowing greater numbers of women to be screened. There is no wait time between image acquisitions, with the ability to process over twelve exams per hour with a standard four–image examination.
The system is also designed to offer a less stressful mammography experience to patients. Its unique curved breast support facilitates easier positioning, while the warm surface and slim profile helps them to relax and ensures optimum positioning.