Better quality and therefore clinical benefits
Successful clinical trials and experience with > 3.000 patients
Current breast compression guidelines and protocols are based on force. Indicated on the mammography unit in Newtons (N or daN). This results into a large variety of interpretations and a wide range of applied forces, where smaller breasts are relatively more compressed.
The Sensitive Sigma Paddle has clear Benefits
The Sensitive Sigma Paddle solves the current problems of under- and over-compression, by standardization on 75mmHg pressure. Under-compression results in images with too low contrast, motion artefacts and a higher average glandular dose (AGD). Over-compression results in unnecessary discomfort, vanishing tumors and negative patient or client perception. Clinical trials show positive results and improved experience1 with the use of Sensitive Sigma Paddle.
75 mmHg as clear guideline
The procedure of breast positioning is exactly the same as usual, but when our paddle touches the breast, innovative sensors collect information about the breast which was not available before. This allows us to personalise breast compression and to take breast size and tissue stiffness into account. LED light indicators on the paddle light up while the pressure on the breast increases until the optimal pressure is reached. The radiographer is always in control of the compression, the Sensitive Sigma Paddle provides real-time visual feedback. If preferred, the last part of the compression can be done manually.
At a glance you can see when the optimum pressure is reached, preventing under- or over-compression. Standardization to75 mmHg is a clear guideline, resulting in the same physical experience without unnecessary pain, year after year.