One in 4 women avoid mammograms because of fear, pain and anxiety about the results. Sadly, this choice can delay a breast cancer diagnosis and impact their long-term prognosis. These women don’t realize that the pain of cancer can be worse than any discomfort from a mammography.
GE Healthcare listened to this patient feedback, built on the their foundation of imaging innovation, and redesigned the mammography platform to create Senographe Pristina to make the examination more comfortable for women, encourage compliance, and improve outcomes for breast cancer screening – which we know saves lives! It has high image quality while maintaining the lowest dose of any 3D mammography on the market (comparable to dose of 2D mammogram) and enables precise positioning, making exams easier and faster with better patient comfort due to new features to reduce pain associated with a mammogram.
In fact, a recent survey of 300+ mammography patients showed that the vast majority (83%) of patients rated their experience with Senographe Pristina better than with previous systems, with 70 percent citing better comfort during their exams
Lisa interviews Kathy Schilling, MD, Medical Director at the Hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute. w She is the longest user of this new technology, which is changing the way women feel about mammograms and creating a paradigm shift for women’s diagnosis with breast cancer. Early detection is still the leading preventative action, which leads to higher survival rates.
Has high image quality with the same low dose of 2D mammograms, but also improves patient experience due to new comfort features, including: armrests instead of conventional handgrips which relaxes pectoral muscles to simplify positioning, compression and image acquisition; rounded corners instead of sharp ones that poke patients’ ribs; and thinner image detector with less hard material that comes in contact with patients’ ribs. This 3D mammography also has the lowest dose of all FDA-approved systems.
About Dr. Schilling
Kathy Schilling, MD, is the Medical Director at the Hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute in Boca Raton, FL. She received her medical degree from University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and specializes in radiology. She has been in practice for more than 20 years.