In the region of southern Denmark, a broad network of hospitals provides medical services for the 1.2 million residents of South Jutland and the island of Funen. A mammography screening program for women ranging in age from 50 to 69 has been running there for 25 years. More than 100,000 women are called in for an examination every year, and at an 85 per cent participation rate, the volume of examinations and images is high by international comparison. Intelligent networking is particularly important for processing the enormous volume of data produced by mammography screening. With the increased use of tomosynthesis for diagnostics, these volumes are growing even more.
Odense University Hospital aims to provide the same level of medical care to women in rural areas who may not be able to make the long journey to attend the screening program in larger cities. To help enable more access to care, four mammography trailers regularly visit smaller towns and municipalities for screening purposes. The trailers are equipped with a waiting room and an examination room with mammography systems from Siemens Healthineers. By providing access to these programs to a wider range of patients, large volumes of data are collected. These must be processed in the mammography screening departments of the four central hospitals in the larger cities of Odense, Esbjerg, Vejle, and Aabenraa.
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