Viet Nam News
HCM CITY— Hùng Vương Obstetrics Hospital in HCM City on Wednesday got a digital mammography machine, the first public hospital in the city to use one, a top city health official said.
Tăng Chí Thượng, deputy director of the Department of Health, said the modern machine would make improve diagnosis and make it safer, and enhance the quality of treatment.
Breast cancer is one of the most common diseases treated at the city’s Oncology Hospital, he said.
Obstetrics hospitals should set up departments to treat breast cancer to reduce the huge overload on the Oncology Hospital, he added.
The advantages of digital mammography are that digital images can be manipulated for a better view and digital mammograms deliver smaller amounts of radiation than film-screen mammograms do, Lê Thị Quỳnh Hà, head of Hùng Vương’s diagnostic imaging department, said.
With digital mammography, the images are recorded directly in a computer and can be transmitted electronically to other hospitals, she said.
Mammography is the most common screening test for breast cancer, Hoàng Thị Diễm Tuyết, the hospital’s director, said.
A mammogram can detect breast cancer in 90 per cent of women with the disease if they are aged more than 50, Tuyết said
In Việt Nam, around 15,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, she said.
More than 90 per cent diagnosed at the earliest stage survive for more than five years, she added. — VNS