Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Is First In Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties To Offer New, More Comfortable Mammogram
By: Paul Reisch, M.D., Breast Health Center Medical Director
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) is the first in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties to offer the SmartCurve™ breast stabilization system, which is clinically proven to deliver a more comfortable mammogram. Acquiring this latest innovation is part of our ongoing commitment to superior breast cancer detection. It has the potential to increase screening compliance for the countless women who have reported avoiding regular mammograms due in large part to the fear of discomfort associated with breast 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. 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 annual screening mammograms and, as a result, increase compliance.
The SmartCurve system features a proprietary curved surface that mirrors the shape of a woman’s breast to reduce pinching and allow better distribution of force over the entire breast. In a recent clinical study comparing the SmartCurve breast stabilization system to traditional flat paddle compression, the SmartCurve system improved comfort in 93 percent of women who reported moderate to severe discomfort with standard compression.1 In addition, 95 percent of those surveyed would recommend facilities that use the system.1
We’re excited to provide this first-of-its-kind technology to our mammography patients and remain committed to offering the women of our community the best breast care possible.
If you, or someone you know, is in need of a mammogram PVHMC is offering low-cost $50 mammography screenings with this new SmartCurve technology throughout October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For more information on this low-cost screening or our Breast Health Center in general, please visit pvhmc.org or call 909.469.9472.