Ceramics manufacturer Wedg-wood has invested in digital technology to give all women staff over 40 a free on-site mammogram.
Lister InHealth, a mobile digital mammography unit, has spent 14 days between two Wedgwood sites in Stoke-on-Trent, screening and reporting on 312 women.
Helen Thane, HR and benefits co-ordinator at Wedgwood, said: “We are proud to be the first company in the UK to offer this technology to our employees. We offer a screening service every two years, and used conventional analogue technology before.
“For us, digital technology gives added benefits for our staff, enabling a quicker examination and quicker results from the scan, lowering the feeling of anxiety often experienced,” she said.
Digital mammography uses the same procedure as a conventional mammogram, but a scanner produces highly detailed images on screen, rather than film, improving image quality. The images of suspicious areas can be enhanced and magnified for examination without having to recall women for further scans.