Leeds Cares funds new scanners for AAA screening programme
At the end of 2017, Leeds Cares proudly funded £51,600 for the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening programme at Seacroft Hospital. The 3 existing portable ultrasound scanners were ageing and significant technological advances in recent years have enabled new ultrasound scanners to perform more efficiently.
The new ultrasound scanners generate more accurate measurements and higher quality images. The devices also allow for the provision of a local, efficient service and increases access for patients in hard-to-reach areas.
An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm is an enlargement of the main blood vessel in the abdomen and, if left untreated, can be fatal. The condition is six times more common in males, with men in the 65+ age group most at risk.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust launched the AAA screening programme in April 2012 and since then has screened over 35,000 men across the region. The screening service is delivered in over 145 GP surgeries across the Leeds and Wakefield area, as well as seven hospital sites. The screening test is painless and the whole process takes just 10 minutes, after which the men immediately receive the results of their test.
Mr Max Troxler, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, explains more about this hidden condition and the regional screening programme in this short film.
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