Luxembourg has recently added 2 digital Sectra MicroDose Mammography systems to its breast cancer screening program. The new mammography units ensure that more women will be able to undergo screening while being exposed to minimum radiation doses.
In 2009, 3 hospitals in Luxembourg started to use photon counting mammography systems from Sectra. The new systems are going to replace other older analog and digital mammography units. Astrid Scharpantgen, coordinator of the breast screening program, said "Luxembourg currently has a 65% participation rate in mammography screening, which is relatively high, but of course we want to increase this number" adding "Since fear of radiation is one of the factors which impact the participation rate, offering the low dose of the Sectra systems hopefully will make fewer women hesitate to show up for their checkups."
Mammography screening is the main way to diagnose breast cancer at its early stages which result in more effective treatment. The imaging procedure uses radiation to generate images of the breast. Therefore, reducing radiation doses delivered during mammography screening is essential.
Sectra MicroDose Mammography offers highly-detailed images of the breast tissue while delivering minimum radiation doses. Sectra’s mammography system provides the lowest radiation doses among all the breast imaging systems in the market. Sectra MicroDose Mammography was designed to work using photon counting technology. Sectra MicroDose mammography systems have been installed in 18 countries in Europe in addition to Australia and New Zealand. These systems are used in several breast screening program across Europe.