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New equipment a first for breast screening in regional Queensland

1 August 2019

BreastScreen’s Rockhampton clinic has launched a new mammography machine that will help diagnose breast cancer more quickly, more accurately and with more comfort for Central Queensland women.

The Mammomat Revelation is the latest in breast screening technology from Siemens Healthineers and will reduce the time taken to examine suspicious lesions in women who are recalled for a follow up examination. The machine is the first of its kind to be installed in regional Queensland.

“We now have the best technology available for diagnosing breast cancer right here in Rockhampton,” said BreastScreen Queensland Rockhampton health promotion officer Roxanne Hodda.

“BreastScreen Rockhampton screens approximately 13,000 women per year, and around 800 of those will be called back for a follow up appointment. That’s where the Mammomat Revelation comes in.”

If a woman is recalled for a follow up examination, the suspicious area is imaged and a biopsy may be required to confirm the diagnosis. The new Mammomat Revelation is equipped with tomosynthesis guided biopsy and integrated sample imaging with InSpect, which enables the clinical team to identify, target, and sample the suspicious area faster and then image the sample straight away, ultimately leading to a quicker examination with quicker results while requiring less compression of the breast than usual. It also improves how the tissue is separated to detect any lesions.

The Mammomat Revelation includes softer paddles that use the well-renowned OpComp compression technology during testing and that will add further comfort during breast compression.

“We’ve had lots of comments from ladies about the comfort of the new machine, and the noticeable difference compared to their previous screens,” said BreastScreen radiographer Joshna Govender.

“It’s nice knowing we can make that difference for ladies”.

Mrs Govender says the updated tomosynthesis process had increased radiographers’ confidence in their diagnoses, and will hopefully reduce the timeframe and anxiety for clients when waiting on a confirmed result.

“In the past, some clients needed a referral onto CQ Radiology or a further follow up appointment booked before we could say exactly what the imaging was showing.”

“Now we should be able to say with certainty what we are looking at during the initial recall. It could make a difference of two to three weeks, which is a long time if you’ve gotten some unexpected news and not sure what’s coming next.”

The team is hopeful that the more comfortable, comprehensive screening will raise participation rates in breast screening.

If you’re over 40 book your free breast screen today at www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au or call 13 20 50 and one of the team will be happy to walk you through the process.

A doctor's referral is not required and appointments generally take less than 30 minutes.

FROM LEFT: CQ Health Chief Executive Steve Williamson, BreastScreen Rockhampton radiographers Joanne Wade, Joshna Govender and Bernadette Gallagher, with Siemens Healthineers' Application Specialist Manu Goldman and Account Manager Peter Linskey.

Last updated: 5 August 2019

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