St. Luke’s University Health Network opened a diagnostic breast imaging facility in Bartonsville that features some of the latest mammography technology intended to increase patients’ comfort.
St. Luke’s Regional Breast Center-Monroe, 200 St. Luke’s Lane, offers screening and diagnostic mammograms and advanced breast imaging, including a new mammography system from GE Healthcare that allows patients to control their own breast compression with the help of a technologist.
SLUHN said the center is the first health care provider in Pennsylvania to offer the patient-assisted compression device, called the Pristina Dueta.
Other mammogram equipment at the center was designed to provide a more comfortable experience, such as rounded corners; a thinner image detector made of carbon fiber composite that is softer and warmer to the touch than material used on traditional systems; and armrests so women can lean comfortably and relax their muscles.
The new facility was designed to promote a sense of relaxation and comfort for patients, the network said. The waiting room, painted in a soothing, warm palette, features a fireplace and a coffee bar.
Exam rooms are spa-like, where patients can choose sounds, scents and imagery such as seascapes, gardens or waterfalls to experience during their mammograms to reduce anxiety, discomfort or pain during the exam.
“We are committed to doing everything we can to reduce a patient’s anxiety and that influenced each decision regarding the overall concept, patient flow and physical design,” said Michele Giletto, network director, women’s imaging at SLUHN.
“Knowing that most patients have anxiety about getting their mammograms because of the possibility of having breast cancer, we wanted to focus on patient comfort and care by providing a warm, welcoming atmosphere for patients and accurate and thorough evaluations with less wait time,” Giletto said.
The Senographe Pristine and Dueta were purchased with a grant donated by Danielle and Roland Dupuis.
“We’re excited to help St. Luke’s bring this revolutionary technology to the Monroe County community,” Danielle Dupuis said.