Fighting Breast Cancer with 3-D Mammograms
Early detection is the best cure we have for breast cancer. When a cancer is found early, it is more treatable and care is less costly. Even so, about 50% of women do not participate in annual mammograms, largely due to fear and discomfort of mammograms.
Early detection begins with annual breast screening starting at 40 and supplemental care as determined by personalized risk factors. Freeman is committed to empowering clinicians to detect breast cancer at its earliest stage, reduce fear and discomfort, while customizing care based on each patient’s individual risk factors. We provide support across the breast care pathway, including screening, diagnosis, intervention and monitoring.
Your comfort is our top priority. That's why Freeman is the first and only in region to invest in GE Healthcare’s Senographe Pristina™ Dueta, a 3-D mammography system that enables women to determine the pressure applied for compression, improving women’s experience and delivering better images. This self-compression tool helps give women a sense of control by enabling them to manually adjust the degree of breast compression. Studies have shown patients will apply an extra 30% of pressure when engaged in the acquisition of their mammograms.
Low dose for diagnostic accuracy
The Senographe Pristina is the ONLY FDA approved 3-D mammography that delivers at the same low dose as 2D full-field digital mammography, providing the lowest patient dose of all FDA approved systems.
More comfortable mammography experience
Fear of pain is one of the most common reasons why women do not schedule a mammogram. A recent study conducted found that painful exams explain why 25% to 46% of women failed to return for further breast imaging. The Pristina approaches this problem in two ways: by making the paddles that compress the breast more flexible and by putting compression control in the hands of the patient.
When you compress the breast with rigid paddles in a vice, what hurts is not the compression itself but the shearing as parts of your breast move to the left and parts of your breast move to the right. GE has developed a paddle that has flexibility, resulting in much less shearing, while still giving good compression. Additionally, Pristina’s soft armrests replace the more common hand grips, helping women to relax their muscles, easing discomfort and aiding clear image acquisition.
Purpose-Designed to Reshape the Mammography Experience
The Senographe Pristina is humanizing the mammography experience by increasing comfort and reducing patient anxiety. The system's potential to help increase the number of annual screening exams is an important step forward in women's healthcare.