There’s also a very light scent, which creates a whole ambiance in the room, because for some women, the process of having a mammogram can cause a great deal of anxiety. Research has shown that by stimulating two or more senses, simultaneously, patients can be distracted from the perceived discomfort, pain and anxiety of a mammogram.
Along with the Sensory Suite, the hospital has patient-assisted compression. The technologist will position the breast onto the plate, and start the compression, but there’s a remote control that the patient can have in her hand, and she can help finish the compression.
“It really takes the fear of loss of control out of the equation, and it puts the control back into the hands of the women. And, what we’ve seen at Fort Hamilton is women will compress themselves more than they would have allowed the tech to,” said Grady.
Fort Hamilton has implemented these latest technologies within the past six months, and they’ve already had a tremendous response from patients. The testimonials the hospital has received from patients are very positive.
“We’ve heard comments like, ‘Oh, this doesn’t smell like a hospital room,’ or ‘The pictures are beautiful, it really helped to calm me down.’ So, it’s great when you hear those kind of comments, because we know we did the right thing by putting this in with the great technology that we were able to add at Fort Hamilton,” Grady said.
She said Fort Hamilton is able to accommodate patients’ needs very quickly by offering comprehensive services.
“We do the total service, so we do a screening mammogram, we do a diagnostic mammography, we do ultrasound-guided biopsy, and we do stereotactic biopsy at that location, so it’s a very comprehensive site. It really can be a one-stop-shop kind of an experience,” she said.