Anna Rivera (d)
Prof. Frank Georg Zebner
Prof. Dr. Martin Gessmann
26 October 2018
Mortality has been significantly reduced over the past decades through the routine use of mammography in breast cancer screening. Patients usually experienced this breast X-ray procedure, lat. mamma, as a very painful one. In an effort to persuade more women to get themselves examined, Examamma focuses on decisive innovations: it takes into account the special anatomy of the female breast and thus ensures a significant reduction in pain. With conventional devices, the pain is caused by the chest being trapped between the contact surface and the paddle. In the case of Examamma, the upper paddle is arched and coated with soft, radiolucent gel. Other contact surfaces, such as handles and forehead rests, are ergonomically formed too. Patients gain control and understanding of the process. They can control the compression independently via a remote control.
Furthermore, pictograms are used to illustrate the individual recording positions. Examamma consequently relieves one of physical and psychological strain during an examination.
The greatest innovation is the recording position. Mammography is performed in a bent position. This relaxes the chest and arm muscles and makes them soft. Pain is lessened during compression. Through functionality and an appealing appearance, Examamma combines competence and friendliness and would subsequently contribute to making the life-saving early detection of breast cancer more popular.