October 2022 Machias – Down East Community Hospital made the upgrade to a Senographe Pristina™ mammography unit in 2021. This system provided 2 dimensional screenings as well as additional comfort. We are happy to announce we purchased the upgrade to that system and can now offer 3 dimensional screenings to our patients!
This technology, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, delivers superior diagnostic accuracy at the same low dose as a 2D mammography exam. The technology uses a low-dose short X-ray “sweep” around the positioned breast with nine exposures acquired with a “step-and-shoot” method. This helps remove any movement of the x-ray tube, reducing blur and increasing image sharpness.
Designed from the ground up with the input from women, this mammography system provides women with the “three Cs”: comfort, confidence, and clarity. Even the machine itself is designed to resemble not just a piece of medical equipment, but a piece of art, with rounded edges and elegant lighting. But the design is more than just aesthetic; the gentle, rounded corners of the image receptor, where the woman’s breast is placed, completely changes the stance of the traditional mammogram for a more relaxed, comfortable screening.
The design of this equipment improves the technologist’s workflow; which improves the patient experience and leads to faster, more precise exams.
Down East Community Hospital chose the Senographe Pristina because of its reliability and optimal imaging capability. We upgraded to 3D mammography to provide state-of-the-art imaging to our community.