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Allows technologists to position patients as close to the chest wall as possible. Textured material helps with "hard to position" breasts, prevents breasts from sticking to receptor plate to avoid skin tears, helps shield cuts or infections in the inframammary fold, and acts as a sanitary barrier.
Thin by design, the textured material of Bella Blankets helps with “hard to position” breasts, prevents breasts from sticking to receptor plate to avoid skin tears, helps shield cuts or infections in the inframammary fold, and acts as a sanitary barrier. Every patient deserves the most breast tissue possible on their image. Bella Blankets protective coverlets provide mammography technologists an extra helping hand by:
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.
"Our patients have always liked the Bella Blankets. With our recent COVID-19 situation, I have heard patients state they are glad there is something covering the unit. We still assure them everything is cleaned before placing the Bella on the unit. We get positive feedback from patients."
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:
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.
311 50 / box 29.2cm x 33.0cm intended for use on 24cm x 30cm receptor plate
310 50 / box 22.9cm x 27.9cm intended for use on 18cm x 24cm receptor plate