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Project information

3D Breast Biopsy System

Improving detection of early breast cancer using 3D technology to target biopsies more accurately.

April 2018 - March 2019

Charity information: Scannappeal

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  • Need


    The one stop Breast Care Unit for Buckinghamshire needs a biopsy guidance system to enable more targeted biopsies to be undertaken using 3D technology, and increase capacity. An X ray guided system and lateral arm accessory will improve how tissue is obtained for diagnosis.

    This one stop breast diagnostic and treatment service supports 23,000 patients each year of which 1,000 patients will need X ray guided biopsy having been recalled from routine screening or are new symptomatic cases.


    3D technology enables accurate placement of the biopsy needle; the lateral arm allows biopsies on almost every area of the breast, increasing the chance of getting an accurate diagnosis. X-ray guidance means more tissue can be obtained at the time of biopsy, so pathology can be reported earlier. The procedure is more comfortable for the patient and reduces the ‘time to first offered treatment’ period from three weeks to one week, minimising patient anxiety.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To purchase a 3D breast biopsy guidance system with 3D capability, and a lateral arm accessory.


    » Soliciting donations from new and existing donors through mailings and other communications methods.
    » A challenge event led by the the Chairman of Trustees and one of the breast consultants.
    » Applying to grant making trusts.

    What success will look like

    Once the equipment is purchased, quarterly figures will be remitted to our Trustees to monitor usage.

  • Impact


    It is estimated 1,000 patients a year will benefit from more accurate diagnosis of early breast cancer, more comfortable procedures and reduced 'time to first offered treatment' period.


    Fundraising is on a best efforts basis and there is no commitment to provide the equipment within a certain timescale. Our main risk is that fundraising will take longer than we anticipate, bearing in mind this is one of several fundraising projects currently active.


    Two newsletters are mailed each year to supporters plus various enewsletters. We have an active Facebook page and Twitter account. Regular personal letters are sent to high net worth donors and trusts to inform them of progress.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Breast biopsy guidance system with 3D capability
      £10,500 lateral arm biopsy accessory enables biopsies on almost every area of the breast, increasing the chance of accurate diagnosis

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Challenge cycle ride £30,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The equipment will be in the integrated Breast Care Unit for Buckinghamshire, based at Wycombe Hospital. This treats patients from Buckinghamshire and immediate neighbouring areas of Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire.


    23,000 women who are invited for breast screening each year who may be recalled for biopsy, plus nearly 5,000 symptomatic cases each year who may need a biopsy.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Scannappeal has been raising funds for life saving and life changing equipment for over 30 years and has a strong core of supporters in the Buckinghamshire area.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Vaishali Gada

    Consultant radiologist with responsibility for the breast screening programme

    William Baxter

    Chair of Trustees who has organised a fundraising bike ride involving other Trustees, clinicians and high net worth individuals

    Amanda Martin

    Applications to grant making organisations

‘This equipment will allow clinicians to perform biopsies with pin point accuracy in otherwise inaccessible areas of the breast’.

Dr Vaishali Gada, Consultant Radiologist, Director of Breast Screening, Scannappeal Trustee.