The Andalusian Health Service (SAS) has incorporated seven new mobile mammography units as part of the Early Detection of Breast Cancer Programme. The new equipment incorporates digital mammography, has a higher resolution and reduces the exposure time and radiation dose, which means greater safety for both women and the professionals working in these units.
In addition, the new units – which represent an investment of 4.5 million euros – allow for a reduction in breast pressure time, which avoids discomfort for women during the test.
These mobile units also have triple access with a wheelchair lift, eliminate architectural barriers and include elements to improve patient comfort such as the installation of tents to minimise high temperatures and comfort measures in the waiting rooms.
They also have a new appointment management system that allows the patient’s image to be securely linked to her digital medical history immediately.
The network of mobile units will also increase the accessibility of this service as it will be available from Monday to Sunday from 8am to 10pm. In order to increase the efficiency of the routes, the mobile units will move between the planned stopping points between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., so that the unit will always be available at the scheduled time. The new units also have a customer service telephone that allows free messaging (677 007 017) and will use a system of alerts and appointment reminders for users through an artificial intelligence system.
Likewise, there will be logistical bases distributed throughout the provinces of Andalusia for parking, servicing, preventive maintenance, inspection, cleaning, repairs and any other tasks that may be necessary in the mobile units without affecting the scheduling of appointments for users. The mobile units are also equipped with a complete domotised management solution for alarms, service parameters and real-time geolocation data.
A total of 36 specialist radiodiagnostic technicians with extensive experience in performing mammography studies will work in these units. In addition, the units have an additional support staff made up of specialist radiodiagnostic doctors, administrative personnel, IT and systems department personnel and a supervisor dedicated exclusively to monitoring the service.
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According to the latest data available from the Breast Cancer Early Detection Programme – as of October 2021 – a total of 1,273,767 women have participated in this programme, which has enabled 15,954 cancers to be detected at an early stage of the disease.
Every year, around 4,900 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in the autonomous community of Andalusia, the most common tumour in women in all Western countries.