CTMC OFFERING NEW, MORE COMFORTABLE MAMMOGRAM TO DETECT BREAST
Texas Medical Center (CTMC) is making women’s comfort and breast health a
priority by offering the
SmartCurve breast stabilization system. The state-of-the-art system is clinically
proven to deliver a more comfortable mammogram without compromising image
quality, workflow or dose[i].
It also includes the new Clarity HD high-resolution 3D™ imaging technology, which provides radiologists with the
highest resolution 3D images2 to help identify cancers early.
These innovations come as part of CTMC’s ongoing commitment to
superior breast cancer detection and providing an improved mammogram experience
for our patients. The technology increases diagnostic confidence with its
exceptional images and has the potential to increase screening volume and
compliance for the countless women who have reported avoiding regular
mammograms due in large part to the fear of discomfort associated with breast
“These technologies not only enable us to improve the experience
for our patients by providing them with a more comfortable mammogram, but more
importantly allow us to do so while maintaining clinical accuracy with the
industry’s fastest, highest resolution 3D images to accelerate screening and
analysis,” said CTMC President/CEO Anthony Stahl. “Being able to arm doctors
with the advanced ability to identify subtle lesions to help pinpoint cancers
in early stages, while also keeping patients more comfortable than ever before,
The SmartCurve system and Clarity HD high-resolution 3D imaging
technology are available exclusively with Hologic’s GeniusÔ 3D
exam, which is currently in use by CTMC and detects more invasive cancers,
reduces false positives, and is FDA approved as superior, compared to
conventional 2D mammography for all women, including those with dense breasts.3,4,5
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
“We’re excited to provide these technologies for all of our patients and remain
committed to offering the women of our community the most advanced breast care
possible alongside an improved mammogram experience,” said CTMC Director of
Radiology Shayne Musick.
For more information about CTMC and its breast health services, visit CTMC.org.
To schedule your mammogram, visit CTMCMammo.com
or call 512.753.3661.
The hospital, which originated in
1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, opened at
its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than
700 employees works with more than 300 active and consulting physicians to
provide quality services to patients and their families. For more than 20
consecutive years, CTMC has been named The Best Hospital in Hays County in the
annual “Best of Hays” publication released by the San
Marcos Daily Record. In addition to interventional cardiac
services, CTMC is a Certified Chest Pain Center and an accredited Primary
Stroke Center. CTMC leads the region in da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery and
offers a variety of specialty care services including medical imaging, rehabilitation,
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[i] Smith, A.
Improving Patient Comfort in Mammography. Hologic WP-00119 Rev 003 (2017).
2 Data on
file and from public sources, 2017
Results from Friedewald, SM, et al. "Breast
cancer screening using tomosynthesis in combination with digital
mammography." JAMA 311.24 (2014): 2499-2507; a multi-site (13),
non-randomized, historical control study of 454,000 screening mammograms
investigating the initial impact the introduction of the Hologic Selenia®
Dimensions ® on screening outcomes. Individual results may vary. The study
found an average 41% (95% CI: 20-65%) increase and that 1.2 (95% CI: 0.8-1.6)
additional invasive breast cancers per 1000 screening exams were found in women
receiving combined 2D FFDM and 3DÔ mammograms acquired with
the Hologic 3D MammographyÔ system versus women receiving 2D FFDM mammograms only.
Bernardi D, Macaskill P, Pellegrini M, et. al. Breast
cancer screening with tomosynthesis (3D mammography) with acquired or synthetic
2D mammography compared with 2D mammography alone (STORM-2): a population-based
prospective study. Lancet Oncol. 2016 Aug;17(8):1105-13.
U.S. Food & Drug Administration Premarket Approval (PMA). FDA.gov https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfpma/pma.cfm?id=P080003 accessed June 5, 2017.