The Mater Private Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, announces it has become the first hospital in that country to install the Hologic 3Dimensions mammogram machine.

The Hologic mammogram machine utilizes a specific technology called tomosynthesis, which is an advanced type of mammogram that allows radiographers to obtain a series of thin images through the breast, offering visual images in the highest definition available and improved detection rates. The new system also allows radiologists to reduce the time to perform biopsies from 20 minutes to 10 minutes, resulting in improved patient experience and diagnostic accuracy.

“The new mammography equipment will allow radiographers to obtain images in 2D and 3D, offering the highest visual images possible,” says Paddy Gilligan, associate professor, chief physicist, and registered radiation protection advisor at Mater Private Hospital. “We are the only hospital in Ireland with these 70 microns (0.07 mm) high-resolution Tomosynthesis technology and to date, we have invested over [$500,000] in the new equipment so that we can improve detectability and decrease biopsy procedure times by half.”