Seven years passed since Vernese Butler’s last mammogram, but she reset that count when she became one of the first patients to experience Grandview Medical Center’s new three-dimensional (3D) mammography technology.
It wasn’t fear or anxiety that kept her away from the routine test for so long, but rather the discomfort she remembered from her last mammogram.
“The pressure from the machine itself would leave me sore. The older machine left pressure marks on my body,” Vernese said.
She was much more comfortable this time around with the digital mammography machine.
“I didn’t feel as much pressure with the new mammogram machine versus the machines in the past. The positioning of the body up against the machine to get the necessary pictures was more relaxing and comfortable,” Vernese said.
Adding to her comfort was her Mammography Technologist, who did her best to make sure Vernese had the best experience possible and explained the new technology to Vernese before proceeding.
“A lot of people are leery of those machines, but the lab technician herself made me feel comfortable, so that was wonderful. My experience at Grandview was wonderful.”
Vernese also got to experience the sensory suite, which she said was comfortable with a good ambiance.
“The sensory suite was very nice. It was spacious, accommodating, and well lit,” she said.
The new technology and hospitality were enough to sell Vernese—she pledged to get her mammograms regularly from now on. “I won’t feel any apprehension when my next mammogram is due,” Vernese said. “I will feel comfortable getting my next mammogram. I won’t feel stressed–I will continue to follow up.”
If you’re ready to try 3D Mammography technology yourself, Schedule a Mammogram today with Kettering Health Network.