(EFFINGHAM, IL) – With pain being the number one complaint of women during mammograms, this fear of pain prevents many women from making regular breast imaging appointments a priority. By avoiding scheduling a mammogram, this puts women at risk of cancer being missed, or diagnosed at a more advanced stage.
To help alleviate the fear of discomfort, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital is now offering a more comfortable mammogram for women in the area. St. Anthony’s now has the new SmartCurve™ breast stabilization system for their Hologic’s Genius™ 3D Mammography™ units, which is clinically proven to deliver a more comfortable mammogram without compromising image quality. The SmartCurve design features a curved surface that mirrors the shape of a woman’s breast to reduce pinching and allow better distribution of force over the entire breast, alleviating the discomfort women fear with traditional flat paddle compression.
“With this new technology, we are not only able to provide a more comfortable mammogram, but can do so while maintaining clinical accuracy, which is key,” said Ashley Davis, Women’s Wellness nurse navigator. “Mammograms play such a critical role in the early detection of breast cancer and we’re hopeful that with the addition of the SmartCurve system, we’ll be able to lessen the pain and anxiety associated with mammograms and, as a result, increase screening compliance.”
Kate Weber of Effingham agreed that the new SmartCurve paddles are less painful than the traditional paddles used for mammography. She recently had her annual mammogram at St. Anthony’s Women’s Wellness Center and experienced much less discomfort that her previous mammograms. “It is absolutely better than before. I kept waiting for the discomfort as they were doing the compression but it never came – I hardly felt it at all. I thought perhaps they weren’t compressing as much but the images were just as clear as previously if not better!” she said. “It is a world of difference from before; it is much more comfortable.”
The SmartCurve paddles are available on St. Anthony’s 3D mammography units now located at two convenient locations. Advanced 3D technology is offered at the Women’s Wellness Center in the new St. Anthony’s Health Center at 900 West Temple Avenue, Building B. Additionally, Women’s Wellness is now also offering 3D mammography services within the Effingham Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates office at 912 North Henrietta Street. Both mammography locations are staffed by the same advanced technology and caring professionals you have come to know and trust from HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital. Both mammography locations have been accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Women needing a mammogram can have it performed at either location, scheduling it for the Effingham Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates office to coincide with their annual visit to their gynecologist or the Women’s Wellness Center at another time, whichever is more convenient for their schedule. The hours for both locations are:
St. Anthony’s Women’s Wellness Center: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Effingham Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates Office: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mammography appointments for either location can be made by calling St. Anthony’s Women’s Wellness Center at 217-347-1601.
Photo: HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital is now offering the new SmartCurve™ breast stabilization system for their Hologic’s Genius™ 3D Mammography™ units, which is clinically proven to deliver a more comfortable mammogram without compromising image quality.