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Breast cancer surgery gets digital boost

Breast cancer surgeons at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust have recently upgraded operating theatre equipment to view digital mammography thanks to a legacy gift left to Southampton Hospital Charity.

Southampton General Hospital has recently upgraded all mammography to this digital technology. The purchase of two high definition monitors (costing £10,000) means that whilst operating, surgeons are now able to utilise high resolution digital images for surgical planning and to guide surgery.

Consultant surgeon Ramsey Cutress says: "Digital mammography is recommended for young women and those with a family history of breast cancer. Breast cancer detected by screening may be seen on mammograms but might be too small to feel as a lump.” 

“These new monitors mean that during breast cancer surgery we can view the same high resolution digital images in the operating theatre as are used by the team for the diagnosis of breast cancer." 

For further information about how to leave a legacy gift to Southampton Hospital Charity in your will, please contact Jacqui Cammish, fundraising officer on 023 8120 8881 or go to 


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