West Suffolk Hospital personalises patient approach to breast ultrasound

  • West Suffolk Hospital receives the ACUSON SequoiaTM ultrasound system from Siemens Healthineers for accurate, high-resolution breast imaging
  • The ACUSON Sequoia enables staff at West Suffolk Hospital to personalise their approach to patients with BioAcoustic technology
  • Remote support and training offerings from Siemens Healthineers facilitate installation during the COVID-19 pandemic

United Kingdom

West Suffolk Breast Team

[From left to right] Siemens Healthineers GB&I Imaging Sales Specialist - Iain Lecky, alongside Consultant Radiographer - Lisa Shepherd, Consultant Radiologist - Anita Lazarevska, Consultant Radiographer - Ann Hills, and Consultant Radiologist - Emma Senior.

West Suffolk Hospital has installed an ACUSON SequoiaTM ultrasound system from Siemens Healthineers during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. The new system is an addition to West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s breast screening service - supporting greater diagnostic confidence with accurate, high-resolution imaging, whilst promoting a personalised patient approach.

The breast screening service offered by the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust operates across west Suffolk and parts of Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, with tests offered locally using mobile screening centres in addition to facilities at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. Before COVID-19, the service saw around 13,000 women every year but like many breast screening services, the Trust has seen a drop in attendance during the pandemic. According to Breast Cancer Now, nearly one million women across the UK have missed potentially lifesaving NHS breast screening due to COVID-19. The ACUSON Sequoia ultrasound system upgrades existing equipment at West Suffolk Hospital – supporting the Trust as it strives to provide a leading service that encourages women to attend screening appointments.

The ACUSON Sequoia from Siemens Healthineers supports accurate, reproducible, timely diagnoses and offers an intuitive, ergonomic solution to breast ultrasound at West Suffolk Hospital. With a comprehensive suite of advanced applications, the ACUSON Sequoia uses BioAcoustic technology that adapts to each patient’s size and personal characteristics in order to provide a bespoke approach to scanning each patient. The highly sensitive single crystal transducers provide optimal axial resolution and breast-specific adaptations to the speed of sound – facilitating accurate differentiation, clear needle visualisation and reliable measurements of depth for biopsy and fine needle aspiration.

“To help overcome the challenges posed by installing the system during the COVID-19 pandemic, Siemens Healthineers offered remote service and applications support through their Smart Remote Services, helping to minimise downtime during implementation,” states Ann Hills, Consultant Radiographer at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. “The remote support and user-friendly interface have helped the team to rapidly familiarise themselves with the ACUSON Sequoia, and patient-focused features like the gel warmer are a welcomed addition.”

“We are pleased to see the ACUSON Sequoia supporting both staff and patients at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s breast department,” states Harshal Vadera, Ultrasound Business Lead for Siemens Healthineers GB&I. “The system will help reduce the effects of ultrasound variability between users, patients and technology, and will help deliver effective clinical insights to medical practitioners.”