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Next-generation mammography technology now at Cary Medical Center

CARIBOU,  Maine — Cary Medical Center is advancing the fight against breast cancer with the purchase and installation of MAMMOMAT Revelation, an innovative mammography system designed to overcome barriers to breast cancer detection and compliance.  

Kris Doody, RN, and CEO at Cary said that the new 3D imaging system offers improved diagnostic capability and a more comfortable exam.

“We chose MAMMOMAT Revelation because the wide-angle technology makes it easier to find smaller lesions earlier than with 2D mammography and with greater accuracy,” said Doody.  “We also see the system’s personalized compression as a tool that helps women overcome the fear of pain and discomfort that is so common with mammograms by delivering a more comfortable examination.”

MAMMOMAT Revelation is from Siemens Healthineers.  Its industry-leading image acquisition angle of 50 degrees results in the widest depth resolution on the market.  The result is clinical detail that helps deliver high quality 3D images for more information to help doctors make a more confident diagnosis. 

Revelation is also the first mammography platform to provide automated breast density measurements at the point of examination.  High breast density can increase the risk of developing cancer.

Currently, breast density is estimated visually during the image reading process, usually after the patient leaves.  With MAMMOMAT Revelation, getting this information during the exam enables immediate and personalized risk assessment and allows Cary Medical Center to provide supplemental imaging while the patient is in her exam.     

Compression is key to getting an accurate mammogram.  However, the associated discomfort and pain are key reasons why women avoid Mammography exams.  Dr. Shawn Laferriere, Chief of Radiology at Cary commented on this barrier.

“It was important to us to remove any barrier that would stop a woman from getting the screening she needs,” he said.

With MAMMOMAT Revelation’s Personalized Compression, each woman gets exactly the right amount of compression for her breast type.  The force is automatically adjusted for the greatest individual comfort without losing accuracy.

“We are thrilled to bring this breakthrough technology to Aroostook County,” said Laferriere.  “When breast cancer is found early, the chances for survival are greatly improved.  And the MAMMOMAT Revelation is the best system to provide quality images and patient experience to make early detection possible.”

The new mammography system arrived at Cary in late September.  Physicians are now referring patients and Cary Medical Center is scheduling mammography exams with the new MAMMOMAT Revelation.     

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