At Hologic, we understand that the best protection in breast health is early detection. To that end, we strive to help you ensure that your patients over 40 receive an annual breast mammography screening exam. One way to help increase compliance is to reduce anxiety associated with mammography screening, which is precisely why we created the MammoPad breast cushion. The MammoPad breast cushion — often referred to as "the softer mammogram" — is a foam pad invisible to X-rays that makes a mammography exam more comfortable for patients, without compromising the quality of the image.1,2
What if more women regularly received an annual breast mammogram? How many more cancers could be detected at an earlier stage? How many lives could possibly be saved? With you, we are on a mission to help women live longer, healthier lives.
The MammoPad breast cushion is just one of many products Hologic has developed to help you provide compassionate care to your patients.
Designed for use with the Selenia Dimensions digital mammography system, the MammoPad cushion provides a warm, more comfortable surface between the patient and the image receptor, helping the patient relax her pectoral muscle.1,2 This allows the technologist to better position the breast for screening and to obtain more of the chest wall in the image. While the cushion’s grip-like surface holds breast tissue in place, the patient is more comfortable — thus more relaxed — making it easier for the technologist to position her correctly, saving time and improving image accuracy.
Clinical and patient benefits offered by the MammoPad breast cushion include:
- 50% reduction in discomfort in three out of four women.1,2
- Proven to increase tissue aquisition.3,4
There are also business benefits to adding MammoPad breast cushion into your practice. Imaging centers and hospitals that utilize teh MammoPad breast cushion as part of their mammography services have seen an increase in patient volume and revenue, as well as an increase in patient satisfaction and loyalty:
- Within a 4-month period, an HCA facility in Florida improved departmental financial results by 32%.5
- A large, all-digital mammography center in Arizona increased the number of women choosing the facility by 23%.6
- An outpatient care center in Kentucky dedicated to high-tech, patient-focused care experienced a 99% increase in annual patient volume.7
- A state-of-the-art digital imaging center in central California experienced a patient volume increase of more than 60% by catering to women’s concern about mammography discomfort and their desire to have the latest imaging technology.8
1. Tabar, L. et al. "Clinical Assessment of a Radiolucent Cushion for Mammography." ACTA RADIOLOGICA. 45 (2) (Apr. 2004) 154-8.
2. Markle, L., et al. "Reduction of Discomfort During Mammography Utilizing a Radiolucent Cushioning Pad." THE BREAST JOURNAL 10 (4) (2004) 345-9.
3. Watt, A. Christine and Everett-Massetti, E. "Use of a Mammography Comfort Aid and Education to Improve Breast Positioning." NCBC Poster March-April, 2005, Las Vegas, NV.
4. Coryell, T. "Increasing Mammography Tissue Acquisition through Positioning Training and Use of a Foam Breast Cushion." NCBC Poster, March 2006, Las Vegas, NV.
5. Edward White Hospital, St. Petersburg , FL. “Softer Mammogram Campaign: Improved Mammography Comfort Increases Breast Center Volume and Revenue.” 2003.
6. Labbe, L. “Investment in a Softer Mammogram Creates Sustainable Financial Improvement.” NCBC Poster Presentation. March 2005.
7. Neal, S. and Murphy R. “Increasing Revenue, Volume and Capacity by Marketing Digital Mammography and a Mammography Breast Cushion.” ACHE ( American College of Healthcare Executives) Poster Presentation, March 2007.
8. Ah Tye, G and Lauck, R. The Breast Center at Sequoia Imaging, Kaweah Delta Health Care District, Visalia, CA. “Marketing Digital Mammography and a Mammography Breast Cushion to Increase Capacity.” Volume. 2005.