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US: women report new machine makes mammograms more comfortable

Boca Raton Regional Hospital patients have reported a noticeable difference in comfort during the exam, as well as faster exams, with new imaging technology

Women having mammograms at Boca Raton Regional Hospital patients have reported a noticeable difference in comfort during the exam, as well as faster exams, with new imaging technology called Senographe Pristina from GE Healthcare.

“Senographe Pristina is different because in the past, the focus was primarily to improve image quality,” says Kathy Schilling, Medical Director of the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute. “But today we are seeing an additional focus on how can we make it better for our patients.”

The Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, in Florida, started using Senographe Pristina in March 2017, the first US installation of the system. With a staff of 18 mammography technologists and six breast sonographers, the hospital performs more than 43,000 mammograms annually across five sites.

Women have reported a noticeable difference in comfort during the exam, as well as faster exams, fewer retakes and an easier overall experience.

Technologists at Boca Raton say the design has also had a significant impact on image quality.

By improving patient comfort, technologists can focus on precise positioning, potentially making the exam easier and faster. Poor positioning is a leading cause of retakes, and the lack of proper positioning may decrease mammography sensitivity.

“Finally somebody listened to all the comments that we’ve been hearing and created a machine that is accommodating to our patients and the staff,” said Adela Parro, Lead Mammographer at Boca Raton.

Senographe Pristina includes next-generation 3D digital mammography technology, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, which delivers superior diagnostic accuracy at the same low dose as a 2D mammography exam and the lowest patient dose of all FDA-approved 3D mammography systems.

 

 

 

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