New state-of-the-art equipment which will help save lives by effectively diagnosing prostate cancer has been installed at West Suffolk Hospital thanks to the generosity of fundraisers.
The ultrasound machine, called a TRUSS (trans-rectal ultrasound system), will be used to test around 1,000 men every year. It will provide accurate, high quality images which will help staff to detect abnormalities early, in turn increasing the chances of treatment being successful.
The TRUSS will also link with the hospital’s new MRI scanner, allowing images of the prostate to be transposed to the machine so that clinicians can take more accurate biopsies.
The machine will replace the hospital’s existing prostate biopsy equipment, which is more than ten years old. It has been paid for following an extensive fundraising campaign organised by community leaders and local people, which raised £66,500.
West Suffolk is only the second hospital in the region to offer the technology, which means patients can now have advanced tests closer to home without the need to travel elsewhere.
Kay Trabucchi, urology nurse practitioner, said: “We are absolutely delighted to become only the second hospital in the region to use this technology and be able to offer these advanced investigations to our patients.
“The generosity of local people means that men with suspected prostate cancer can now access new, more specialist diagnostic services closer to home, bringing added convenience at what is inevitably a stressful time for them.
“The new machine will also help us to diagnose a range of other problems within the bladder and testis.
“On behalf of staff at the hospital and all of the patients who will benefit from this technology in the future, we would like to thank everyone who supported the campaign to raise this money and gave so generously.”
Men who are having problems with urinary symptoms or a change in their normal pattern should see their GP for possible further investigations.