The Breast Imaging team at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, were recently presented with a brand new specialist breast biopsy chair,worth £7,000, by The Dr Jackson Cancer Fund.
The biopsy chair reclines into a bed and is specially designed to allow patients to be able to have x-ray guided biopsies on their breast lying down. This helps to improve a patient’s comfort, reduce the chance of fainting, and enables them to remain still during the 20 minute long procedure.
The breast biopsy chair was donated by the Dr Jackson Cancer Fund, as a replacement for an older version of the chair the breast imaging team had been using for over 20 years.
X ray guided breast biopsies use mammography – a specific type of breast imaging that uses low-dose x-rays — to help locate a breast abnormality and remove a tissue sample for examination under a microscope. It is less invasive than a surgical biopsy, and leaves little to no scarring. This method is used to assess lesions that are not visible on an ultrasound scan.
The Breast Imaging team at Pinderfields Hospital provide symptomatic breast imaging services to the whole Mid Yorkshire region and carry out on average 30 biopsies a week. Approximately eight of these are x-ray guided.
The chair can also be used to perform x-ray guided localisations where a thin wire is inserted into the breast to mark tiny lesions for the breast surgeons on the day of surgery. The chair can be used in a sitting position if required and has tailored ‘cut outs’ in the backrest, which help to facilitate arm placement when patients lie down.
Sir William O’Brien, Chairman of the Dr Jackson Cancer Fund, proudly presented the chair to the Breast Imaging team at Pinderfields Hospital.
Amanda Coates, Consultant Radiographer – Breast Imaging, at Pinderfields Hospital, said, “The fundraising efforts from the Dr Jackson Cancer Fund has made a huge difference to services at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals over the last 40 years and they continue to amaze us with their generosity. The upgraded biopsy chair will help to provide more comfort for our patients during their procedures and aid the diagnostic process.”
The Dr Jackson Cancer Fund help make a positive impact on those who are touched in some way by cancer. This chair is the latest of many donations from the charity over the years.
Bill Mulroe BEM, Vice Chairman, of the Dr Jackson Cancer Fund, said; “We are very pleased to be able to support the Trust with further equipment for the benefit of cancer patients in our region, and we are committed to working together to raise more money.”