The Breast Centre (Borstcentrum) at the Martini Hospital in Groningen, which is the largest centre of its kind in the north, has acquired new equipment to make mammograms less painful.
Translation by Traci White
RTV Noord reports that the new X-ray machine has curved compression plates which imitate the shape of a breast. Pieter Ott, a radiologist at Martini Hospital, says that the design distributes the pressure more evenly across the breast.
The machine makes receiving a mammogram less painful for all patients and particularly for patients with smaller breasts. Another new device will take an X-ray photo to assess biopsies for cancer. Ott says the second machine will mean that less tissue is needed for a biopsy.
Around 3,700 patients are referred to Martini Hospital to determine whether or not they have breast cancer, making it the centre with the most patients in the northern Netherlands. On average, approximately 10 percent of the referred patients are ultimately diagnosed with breast cancer.