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painful skin tear during a mammogram

Reducing Skin Tears in Mammography

A protective barrier between patient's breast and receptor plate

In mammography, skin tears happen.

Sometimes it's due to sweat and the skin sticking to the plate after compression and sometimes the patient just has very thin, delicate skin. No matter what the reason, it's not a pleasant experience for the patient at all. And a bad patient experience can quickly turn into negative word of mouth, and deter women from coming back for imaging.

In fact, a patient survey revealed that 20% of women who experienced a skin tear delayed their next mammogram and 12.5% stated they would not go back for another mammogram at all.

Bella Blankets protective coverlets act as a barrier between the patient's skin and the receptor plate to help prevent breast from sticking or tearing as the patient steps out of compression.

Less skin tears, less patients avoiding annual mammograms, better for overall breast health.


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Impact of Skin Tears on Patients and Breast Imaging Centers

Improving the Mammography Experience - Bella Blankets Help Eliminate Skin Tears

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The Importance of Bella Blankets Protective Coverlets - Mammography Patient Stories

compressed breast on a Bella Blanket during mammogram

Positioning and Clinical Image Deficiencies

Cancers at the chest wall may not be visualized if breast tissue is missing from the image

The mammographer's goal is to capture the best clinical images while providing a positive patient experience.

One of the most challenging disciplines in medical imaging, mammographers face a multitude of challenges with positioning. The patient's breast type, anatomy, physical limitations, and even their emotional state can cause even the most experienced technologist to fall short of ACR critical positioning criteria including proper visualization of the nipple, position of the pectoralis major, pectoral-nipple distance, inframammary fold, and adequate coverage of all breast quadrants.

Every millimeter counts™ when looking for clusters of micro-calcifications. Bella Blankets® protective coverlets for mammography provide event the most experienced mammography technologist a helping hand in capturing more breast tissue on the clinical images.

In a clinical study, 58 patient images using Bella Blankets were compared to prior year images (where no protective coverlet had been used) to determine if more breast tissue was acquired with Bella Blankets. The results presented significant improvements in positioning:

  • 77% of patients had increased tissue acquisition

  • When measuring the PNL in both views, the average increase was 0.41 cm

  • 48% of patients showed improved visualization of pectoralis muscle

  • Visualization of retroglandular tissue went from 86% PY (prior year) to 96% CY (current year)

  • Visualization of IMF as “open” went from 67% PY to 87% CY

Using Bella Blankets aligns with proper positioning initiatives to support MQSA’s EQUIP guidelines. Bella Blankets’ FDA 510(k) clearance applies to all mammography imaging equipment. Using Bella Blankets during a mammogram is essentially the same average glandular dose as no coverlet on the receptor plate.1

1Gerald J. Randall, M.S. (DABR) (Certified Licensed Medical Physicist), "Mammo Protective Coverlets Testing", March 3, 2017.


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Bella Blankets - When Every Millimeter Counts

Impact of Bella Blankets Protective Coverlets on Positioning and Tissue Acquisition in Breast Imaging

Every Millimeter of Captured Breast Tissue Counts

compressed breast during mammogram

You have to have the perfect set of images for ACR

"We have found it easier to locate images to submit for ACR using Bella Blankets. You have to have the perfect set of images for ACR, but you should work to have perfect images on all patients possible."

Mammography Supervisor, Orangeburg, SC

compressed breast during mammogram

We are able to acquire more breast tissue

"We are able to acquire more breast tissue and get further back on the cc views and get the IMF much easier now with Bella Blankets."

Manager of Imaging Services, Vandalia, IL

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