ATKINSON — West Holt Medical Services (WHMS) in Atkinson is the first in the region to offer the SmartCurve™ breast stabilization system with their newly installed Genius 3D Mammogram exam. The closest facilities with the SmartCurve system are in York and Lincoln.
The SmartCurve system features a proprietary curved surface that mirrors the shape of a woman’s breast to reduce pinching and allow better distribution of force over the entire breast. It is is clinically proven to deliver a more comfortable mammogram without compromising image quality, workflow or dose.
In a 2017 clinical study comparing the SmartCurve breast stabilization system to traditional flat paddle compression, the SmartCurve system improved comfort in 93 percent of women who reported moderate to severe discomfort with standard compression. In addition, 95 percent of those surveyed would recommend facilities that use the system.
This latest innovation is part of WHMS’ ongoing commitment to superior breast cancer detection. It has the potential to increase screening volume and compliance for the countless women who have reported avoiding regular mammograms due in large part to the fear of discomfort associated with breast compression.
The SmartCurve system is available exclusively with Hologic’s Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam, which is now available at WHMS. This high-tech diagnostic system detects more invasive cancers, reduces call backs and is FDA approved as superior to conventional 2D mammography for all women, including those with dense breasts.
“With this new technology, we are not only able to provide a more comfortable mammogram, but can do so while maintaining clinical accuracy, which is key,” said Kylee Borg, radiology team leader at WHMS. “Mammograms play such a critical role in the early detection of breast cancer and we’re hopeful that with the addition of the SmartCurve system, we’ll be able to lessen the pain and anxiety associated with mammograms and, as a result, increase screening compliance."
To schedule a 3D Mammogram at WHMS, call (402) 925-2811. An order from a provider is required. To learn more about 3D mammography with SmartCurve technology visit www.westholtmed.org/3Dmammography.