After being diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2011, in the days when the breast unit was situated in a little porta cabin at Wycombe, it has been so wonderful seeing the development of the unit over the last 10 years. Many of you will know how over the years Scannappeal have been such a big part in making this happen and I feel very privileged to be part of the Scannappeal team. So it was very apt that my sign off from treatment ended last week with a final scan with the recently funded DEXA scanner at Amersham Hospital.
Over the last year the radiology team have struggled to keep up with the demand for DEXA scans (in my case checking the effect of my medication on my bone density). A funding request came from the trust to Scannappeal for a new modern DEXA scanner which is faster, has a lower radiation dose and a far superior resolution. The new scanner has higher output and a real time calibration systems for better long term measurements. The ability to process instant vertebral fracture assessment means the detection of vertebral fractures is improved. But not just limited to bones, the scanner can visualise calcified plaques in the abdominal aorta, a significant indicator of heart disease, providing vital information that may link to coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death for women. The arrival of the new equipment at Amersham supports the radiology team in taking their service to another level, allowing for earlier detection of disease and treatment.
Form a patient perspective my scan was quick and easy and I was made to feel very comfortable throughout. Scannappeal has made a big difference to my own care and treatment but also for so many others living in our community going through their own treatment journeys. I will always be grateful for the donations made by caring individuals who want to help Scannappeal and the NHS