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SmartCurve system offers mammograms with more comfort

Emily Jaceks
December 04, 2018 06:37 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—For many women, getting a mammogram can be an excruciating experience, keeping them from making an appointment for their yearly exam.

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But X-Ray Associates of New Mexico is offering a more comfortable mammogram with the SmartCurve System.

“It has this new kind of gentle curve along the front and the back, which helps reduce the pinching that women experience with mammograms,” Dr. Kathleen Meyer, radiologist at XRANM said.  

The system includes a paddle that's attached to the Genius 3D mammogram machine, which recently got a software upgrade.

“The other big key in this new technology in improving patient comfort is the fact that were able to obtain a very high resolution, actually the highest resolution image available on the market today with this equipment,” Dr. Meyer said.

Women will still have to be compressed. Doctors say it’s necessary in order to find cancers and fewer false-positives. The good news is, the compression is brief.

“All in under four seconds of imaging time. So it's the fastest available on the market,” Dr. Meyer said.

Compare that to up to 28 seconds for other high-resolution images at other facilities in the city.

“So we get all these great features all at a lower dose, lower radiation dose, as well,” Dr. Meyer said.

The new SmartCurve mammogram system is available at XRANM’s Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Farmington locations.

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