October marks the return of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Here at One Stop Doctors, we’re passionate about the latest medical and technological advancements currently being used to treat a disease that affects one-in-eight women in the UK. Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in the UK, and a staggering 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year – which works out as one every 10 minutes.
We’re a private advanced diagnostics and treatment clinic based in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Offering same-day appointments, cutting-edge diagnostics, and access to some of the country’s top specialist consultants, we pride ourselves in providing a flexible and unrivalled service for our patients. It’s essential that our clinic is immaculate and features the latest state-of-the-art medical technology. One Stop Doctors provides a range of women’s healthcare specialisms and services, and this includes the latest equipment built to detect breast cancer.
Routine mammograms are recommended to ensure that any developing cancer is spotted in its early stages, enabling specialists to begin effective treatment as soon as possible. At One Stop Doctors, our onsite radiologists can interpret scans, in many cases, within 24 hours for fast delivery of results. We have recently installed one of the most advanced mammography machines available in the world today, from GE Healthcare. The Senographe Essential is a pioneering digital system which offers 3D tomosynthesis scans, producing the highest quality imagery possible, which is vital when locating signs of cancer.
This technology is an evolution of conventional mammograms and offers a wealth of benefits that we are now able to provide to our patients. The 3D imaging technique is designed to visually separate tissue, scanning the breast at every angle to detect potential growths and lumps which may otherwise be obscured. This extensive imaging and standard of detection is not achieved with 2D mammography. The 3D system takes two x-rays at different angles of each breast, producing a detailed image on a computer that is then read by a radiologist. Breast cancer tissue is denser than healthy breast tissue and appears on the scan as irregular white areas or shadows.