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Mayfair Diagnostics’ newest mammography technology allows patients to control part of their exam. Patients share their experiences in the videos below.
Mayfair Diagnostics was the first Western Canada start using this state-of-the-art system that gives patients the option to adjust their own level of breast compression during their mammogram. After the breast is properly positioned by a technologist and initial compression is set, the patient can use a handheld wireless remote control – called patient-assisted compression – to adjust the level of compression to what’s comfortable for her, under the guidance of a technologist.
“It was a much different experience when I went for a mammogram this time; it was so quick and easy,” says Donna Grandan, a Mayfair mammography patient. “If you’ve never gone, now’s the time to go, because it’s not what it used to be. It’s pain-free, it’s easy, and it saves your life.”
Since the late 80s, Canada’s breast cancer death rate has been declining thanks to earlier detection from regular mammography screening and improvements in treatment. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, about 87% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are still alive after five years, and the earlier cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome.
But, many women are reluctant to go for regular screening mammograms because they find the experience uncomfortable, due to the pressure. This makes it difficult for a radiologist to compare images and see changes or areas of concern and thus catch abnormalities early.
“I think it’s very important that women have regular screening. I have a family history of cancer, and breast cancer, so for me personally it was really important to make sure after 40 I go every year to check and make sure that nothing is abnormal,” says Amanda MacKay, a Mayfair mammography patient. “With this new technology it’s not like old technology where it can be quite uncomfortable.”
Mayfair initially installing the Senographe Pristina mammography system in four clinics in 2018. In 2022, we have expanded this system into more clinics and now have 11 mammography clinics that offer the patient-assisted-compression option.
To get a mammogram, you will need to speak to your doctor about your family history, when to start screening, and how frequently you should be screened. Visit our breast imaging services page for a list of mammography locations.