A more comfortable mammogram

Mayfair • May 02, 2018

Mayfair Diagnostics’ newest mammography technology allows patients to control part of their exam. Patients share their experiences in the videos below.

A first in Western Canada, this state-of-the-art system 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.”

The new Senographe Pristina mammography system has been up and running in Mayfair Diagnostics’ Mayfair Place and Southcentre locations since March 2018 and so far, more than 400 patients were willing to provide feedback on their experience with the new technology. Among those patients, 75% said that it was more comfortable than previous mammograms and 90% said they would be extremely likely to come back for their regular screening.

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. The new Senographe Pristina mammography system is available in our Mayfair Diagnostics’ Mayfair Place and Southcentre locations, and will be available in our Mahogany location opening Fall 2018.

 

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