The deNicola Breast Health Center is one of the first in NH to offer new, more comfortable mammogram

The deNicola Breast Health Center at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center is one of the first in NH to offer the SmartCurve™ breast stabilization system, which is clinically proven to deliver a more comfortable mammogram without compromising image quality, workflow or dose.
The SmartCurve system features a proprietary curved surface that mirrors the shape of a woman’s breast to reduce pinching and allow better distribution of force over the entire breast. In a recent clinical study comparing the SmartCurve breast stabilization system to traditional flat paddle compression, the SmartCurve system improved comfort in 93 percent of women who reported moderate to severe discomfort with standard compression.

“With this new technology, we are not only able to provide a more comfortable mammogram, but can do so while maintaining clinical accuracy, which is key,” said Elaine Lavallee, Manager of Mammography Services. “Mammograms play such a critical role in the early detection of breast cancer and we’re hopeful that with the addition of the SmartCurve system, we’ll be able to lessen the pain and anxiety associated with mammograms and, as a result, increase screening compliance.”
This latest innovation is part of the Medical Center’s ongoing commitment to superior breast cancer detection. As one of the first in southern NH to install 3D Mammography technology back in 2013, the Medical Center continues to invest in the latest technology to enhance imaging services for the benefit of patients.
“We’re excited to provide this first-of-its-kind technology to our patients and remain committed to offering the women of our community the best breast care possible,” added Lavallee.
To complement SmartCurve™ the Medical Center installed Hologic’s Low Dose 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exam powered by C-View™ software. C-View™ Software supports early breast cancer detection further while lowering patient radiation dose and compression time, with the added benefit of greater patient comfort. In addition, the Medical Center has invested in the Affirm® Prone Breast Biopsy System as well as the Brevera® Breast Biopsy System to deliver faster, more comfortable procedures.
For more information about the deNicola Breast Health Center at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and its breast health services, visit
About Southern New Hampshire Medical Center

Southern New Hampshire Medical Center (SNHMC) is a 188-bed regional medical facility that serves an estimated 100,000 patients annually. SNHMC’s clinical affiliation with Massachusetts General Hospital offers residents of southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts local access to advanced clinical expertise in stroke, cancer, trauma, and pediatric specialties. SNHMC is a proud partner of Foundation Medical Partners (FMP), an independent medical group of more than 300 providers in primary, specialty and immediate care in more than 70 practices across Southern NH and northern Mass. Together, SNHMC and FMP comprise Southern New Hampshire Health.

Posted: 11/14/2018 by Jackie Clancy, SNHH