A new device has been made available on the market in the United States and may help provide mammogram patients with physical comfort as well as reduce their anxiety during examinations. This is following the approval granted to Senographe Pristina Dueta by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Senographe Pristina Dueta has been developed by General Electric Healthcare and is a remote control which lets women manage how hard or gently their breasts are compressed while they are being examined using the new mammography system of GE, the Senographe Pristina. The device has been developed by women for women in a bid to make mammograms comfortable and painless.
“…GE Healthcare has transformed mammography with the creation of patient-assisted compression to decrease pain associated with the exam, improve patient experience and increase outcomes for breast cancer screening which we know saves lives,” said the President and chief executive officer of Women’s Health at GE Healthcare, Agnes Berzsenyi.
Typically the technologist conducting the mammography exam is the one who compresses the breast of the patient and this often causes discomfort. But with the Senographe Pristina Dueta remote control, the patient is able to control the amount of compression applied and thereby minimize the discomfort and pain. Once the patient’s breast is positioned properly by the technologist conducting the mammogram, the patient can control the compression paddle of the Senographe Pristina to their liking using the wireless remote control.
According to a women’s health specialist, Dr. Kathy Schilling, due to the fact that patients who underwent the mammogram and were able to control the compression applied to their comfort were more relaxed, the result was better images which resulted in a better diagnosis. Schilling added that if patients had more control and thus enjoyed more comfort in the course of the exam, the result would be increased compliance and this would lead to early detection as well as improved outcomes.
Besides patient-assisted compression, other comfort features that GE Healthcare has introduced in the Senographe Pristina mammography system include an image detector that is thinner and armrests capable of putting women in a relaxed position rather than a tense one. It is hoped that this will potentially raise the number of screening exams conducted yearly since they will be more comfortable and painless and thus advance women’s health. A survey conducted in the United States has revealed that about 30% of the eligible population in the United States skips screenings.