The University of Salford is honoured to have received a grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation to jointly fund a new, state-of-the-art Mammography (breast screening) system, which will be located in a new Radiography Imaging Suite in our Mary Seacole building, with work commencing in early 2022.
Over the past decade, the University has become a leader in the region as well as nationally and internationally recognised for our undergraduate Radiography course, which was rated 8th out of 25 in the 2020 Sunday Times Good University Guide.
As one of only five training providers for mammography in the UK, the University of Salford has an important role to play in addressing the workforce challenges in the UK such as the current shortfall in Mammographers.
The new system, a top of the range GE Senographe Pristina with tomosynthesis capabilities, will be critical in ensuring that the Centre will simulate the real-world clinical setting for which we prepare our students, whilst enabling us to expand our industry partners and run community outreach programmes.
We currently provide a bespoke, online educational pathway as students work off campus within an NHS clinical environment; the new mammography system, however, will help to increase our contact time with students as they will be able to gain high-level, practical training on campus before working directly with patients.
In addition to training more mammographers as a direct talent pipeline for industry, we will expand our work in the community to raise awareness of breast screening and expand on our leading research.
“Our Trustees are delighted to support this important project. The new Mammography system will enable the University to train and develop the next generation of radiographers at a time when the country needs them most.”
Philippa Charles, Garfield Weston Foundation Director