ENID, OK – July 12, 2017 – INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center is excited to now offer our patients a new option in mammograms: the Senographe Pristina™ 3D mammography. Designed from the ground up with the input from women, it is the first mammography system to provide women with the “three Cs”: comfort, confidence, and clarity.
This technology, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, delivers superior diagnostic accuracy at the same low dose as a 2D mammography exam, the lowest patient dose of all FDA-approved 3D mammography systems.[i] –
The technology uses a low-dose short X-ray “sweep” around the positioned breast with nine exposures acquired with a “step-and-shoot” method. This helps remove any movement of the x-ray tube, reducing blur and increasing image sharpness.
Even the machine itself is designed to resemble not just a piece of medical equipment, but a piece of art, with rounded edges and elegant lighting. But the design is more than just aesthetic; the gentle, rounded corners of the image receptor, where the woman places her breasts, completely changes the stance of the traditional mammogram. Instead of tensing their pectoral muscles while grabbing the traditional handgrips – which can make it hard to acquire high quality images – women can lean comfortably on the armrests, relaxing their muscles to simplify positioning, compression, and improve image quality. The image receptor is also thinner than the previous design, so it doesn’t jab into a woman’s ribs.
The design also improves the technician’s workflow, which improves patient positioning that could lead to faster, more precise exams.
Poor positioning in mammography is a key factor in image problems, often requiring a repeat scan.[ii] The lack of proper positioning can also reduce the sensitivity of the mammogram, possibly leading to missed cancers. In one study, the sensitivity of the mammogram dropped from 84.4 percent with proper positioning to 66.3 percent with failed positioning.[iii] –
A woman can choose to add 3D imaging to her regular mammogram appointment based on her personal experience or the recommendation of her doctor. It is particularly helpful to women with a personal or family history of breast cancer or other cancers, or if she knows, or has been told, that she has dense breast tissue. Nearly 40 percent of women have dense breast tissue, and it is one of the biggest reasons that mammograms fail to detect existing breast cancer.
3D Mammography is approved for all women who would be undergoing a standard mammogram, in both the screening and diagnostic settings. For more information about the Senographe Pristina™ 3D mammography visit integrisok.com/mymammo. To schedule your screening mammogram, call 1-855-My-Mammo.
– – – – –[i] GE screening protocol consists of 3D CC/MLO + V-Preview CC/MLO, V-Preview is the 2D synthesized image generated by GE Seno Iris mammography software from GE DBT images. FDA PMA P130020/S002 http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfPMA/pma.cfm?id=P130020S002, Data on file. Average glandular dose in digital mammography and digital breast tomosynthesis: comparison of phantom and patient data. Bouwman, R. W. and al., et. 2015, Physics in Medicine & Biology, pp. 7893-7907.