A ROYAL visitor officially launched a new service to help increase the speed and accuracy of diagnosis and treatment of breast problems.

The Countess of Wessex opened the new digital breast imaging service at King Edward VII Hospital, in St Leonard's Road, Windsor, on Wednesday to mark the completion of the redevelopment of the Parapet Breast Unit.

The service is part of an investment by the Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hosptials NHS Trust in five mammography systems - three based at the Parapet Unit and two mobile screening units rotated between hospitals in Maidenhead, Slough, Ascot and Bracknell.

The new systems acquire and save high-quality, digital images to a shared, secure server to allow clinical staff to access and view the images on computers simultaneously at any of the five trust hospital sites.

Higher quality images taken using the system will also help staff to make an accurate, detailed diagnosis faster.

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