Hospital group streamlines screening

Italy — One of the biggest RIS/PACS implementations in Europe is being co-ordinated the Area Vasta Centro (AVC) group, which runs 12 hospitals in central Tuscany. Among these, CPA Pistoia hospital (one of three in the ASL 3 Pistoia group, a sub-division of AVC) is streamlining its mammography workflow with a CR Mammography system supplied by Agfa HealthCare.

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‘We needed a mammography solution that provided superior image quality, was easy to learn and use, and due to the Tuscan Medical Technology (TMT) project, integration with other hospital systems and hospitals is also important. The Agfa HealthCare system met all of these criteria with ease. At the end of this year, we will integrate with other screening centres in our region,’ said Dr Patrizio Pacini, Head of Senology at Pistoia hospital.

CPA Pistoia conducts about 10,000 breast screenings annually. An additional 5,000 exams are performed at the Ospedale del Ceppo - also within the ASL 3 Pistoia hospital group. The mammography team at CPA Pistoia includes two doctors and three technologists.
The CR Mammography system was developed so that radiologists can use CR systems in mixed environments, for general radiology and mammography applications. According to Agfa, the solution, comprised of the CR 85-X digitiser, the NX 2.0 Workstation for Mammography and the Drystar 4500M, has proved itself ‘…a perfect fit for this busy mammo-screening unit’. The NX 2.0 Workstation for Mammography includes image identification and quality control software tools, and has a touch screen. ‘The intuitive interface of the NX workstation simplifies the standard tasks of our technologists,’ Dr Pacini pointed out. ‘It streamlines both the exam and image processing procedures.’

20.06.2007

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