Portland gains latest mammogram technology

PDH chief radiographer Robin Parry stands beside the new mammogram equpment
Friday, 21 December 2012
LOCAL women will benefit from the latest technology after mammogram equipment at Portland District Health (PDH) was given an upgrade and became digital.

The new equipment has been in use at Portland’s  the past two weeks and chief radiographer Robin Parry said it had been greatly welcomed.
“We previously had analog equipment, but with this new  technology we get instant image results and, overall, the process can be made quicker,” Ms Parry said.
“Having the latest state-of-the-art digital upgrade for Portland’s BreastScreen clinic puts us at the forefront of the region. The equipment is very easy to use and can make the process easier for both staff and patients.”
The new screening technology, which is believed to be worth around $400,000, was delivered by a project that has been run over the past few years through a partnership between the Commonwealth and State Governments, BreastScreen Victoria and service providers.
The latest BreastScreen Victoria participation rate report card for Portland showed that 62 per cent of women aged between 50 and 69 living in the area took advantage of the free service in 2011-12.
BreastScreen Victoria chief executive officer Vicki Pridmore said there had been an improvement in the past two years, but the aim is to increase the participation rate to 70 per cent by 2014.
“Digital technology allows for an increase in capacity, flexibility and sustainability in screening services,” she said.
STORY BY James Bourke - Portland Observer  PICTURE BY - Josh Nash, Portland Observer

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