Revolutionizing Breast Cancer Screening with Seated Mammography

Breast cancer screening is evolving with the introduction of seated mammography, an innovate approach to enhance accessibility and comfort for mammograms, particularly benefiting women with disabilities. Recent research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights a worrying trend: women with disabilities are significantly less likely to undergo screenings within recommended guidelines. Barriers include misconceptions about risk, prioritization of other health concerns, and lack of accessible facilities.

At VELA Medical, there is a belief that a mammography chair can directly address these challenges by offering a solution that improves patient comfort and stability, making the screening process more inclusive for all women, regardless of physical abilities.

Comprehensive Benefits of Seated Mammography

For Healthcare Providers:

  • Ergonomic Working Conditions: The chair allows for good posture without unnecessary strain on the back, shoulders, and neck, as the work area can be adjusted to the mammographer regardless of their height, ensuring a more comfortable and safer working environment.
  • Optimal Imaging: The chair’s design is suitable for both mediolateral oblique (MLO) and cranial caudal (CC) views. Patients can be placed and locked very close to the machine, with armrests that can be folded away, facilitating optimal positioning for the procedure.
  • Improved Workflow: The patient is positioned on a secure, locked four-wheel base with an electric lift system, allowing for easy adjustments to the equipment and staff height, enhancing workflow efficiency and image precision.

For Patients:

  • Accessibility and Comfort: The chair caters to a wide range of patients, including the disabled, elderly, and obese (rated up to 660 pounds), ensuring that everyone has access to mammograms in a comfortable and secure setting.
  • Reduced Fatigue: Some women find the traditional standing procedure exhausting; the seated option can be less tiring and stressful, making the screening experience more pleasant and manageable.

Bridging Gaps in Healthcare
“The CDC’s findings underscore the need for healthcare environments to adapt to all patients. The VELA Mammography Chair is a step towards bridging these gaps. It not only facilitates easier screening for women with disabilities but also encourages healthcare providers to rethink patient care in a more inclusive and empathetic manner. We believe seated mammography is the future.” – Thea Johansen, Physical Therapist and Technical Anthropologist at VELA Medical.

The Future of Breast Screening
By integrating for example a VELA Mammography Chair into breast cancer screening processes, healthcare facilities can offer a more inclusive, comfortable, and efficient service. This approach not only aids in maintaining good posture and reducing strain for staff but also ensures optimal patient positioning for improved imaging quality, accommodating a diverse range of patient needs.

Conclusion
The introduction of seated mammography signifies a notable advancement in making breast cancer screening more accessible and user-friendly. By emphasizing benefits that improve the experience for both patients and healthcare providers, this approach sets a new standard in patient care. It underscores the importance of inclusivity, comfort, and efficiency in the early detection and treatment of breast cancer, ensuring that all women, regardless of their physical condition, have equal access to essential screening services.

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