Softer Mammogram Provider

We offer the new, Softer Mammogram

Laurel Radiology Services is certified as a Softer Mammogram Provider, a distinction awarded only to an elite group of healthcare facilities. That means we provide a soft foam cushion, called MammoPad®, for each woman's personal use during every screening mammogram.

As a Softer Mammogram Provider, we make it a top priority to ensure your mammogram is warm and comfortable. It's one way we provide the tender loving care you deserve.

The MammoPad breast cushion was designed for women by a female breast surgeon. It is FDA-cleared, does not impair image quality, and makes it easier for you to be relaxed, warm and comfortable during your exam. That helps our highly skilled mammography technologists achieve the best possible mammogram.

To schedule a Softer Mammogram, or if you have other questions,
call 301-725-5398
Softerm Mammogram

Local Breast Center Now Provides a Softer Mammogram

Laurel Radiology Services now provides a new product that dramatically eases the discomfort many women feel when they get a mammogram. The FDA-cleared foam cushion, called MammoPad®, creates a softer, warmer mammogram.

Laurel Radiology Services is a certified Softer Mammogram Provider, a distinction awarded only to an elite group of healthcare facilities. The center hopes to increase the number of area women who follow recommendations for regular screenings.

“The discomfort many women feel during mammography compression is widely known to be a reason that some don't get regular screenings,” said Dr. Doriann Thomas M.D., radiologist at Laurel Radiology Services. In addition to compression, the cold surfaces and hard edges of the mammography device make the experience uncomfortable for some patients.

“The breast cushion answers these complaints by providing a soft warm cushion for the breast during mammography,” said Dr. Doriann Thomas M.D. "And because women are more relaxed during the exam, it makes it even easier for our mammography technologists to get the best possible image."

The single-use, adhesive-backed foam cushion attaches to the compression plates of the mammography device. It was developed by Stanford University breast surgeon Gale Lebovic, M.D., who understood mammography discomfort from both a physician and patient’s point of view.

The recyclable breast cushion is “invisible” to X-rays and does not interfere with the image quality of the mammogram.

“We try to create the best possible experience for our patients,” said Dr. Doriann Thomas M.D. “We’re pleased to be able to offer our patients this important enhancement.” For more information, call the center at 301-725-5398, or access its Web site at The American Cancer Society reports women can greatly reduce their risk of death from breast cancer if they receive regular mammographic screens. For this reason, both the society and the American College of Radiology recommend that women 40 and older receive mammograms yearly.

Yet despite the urgency of this message, nearly 40 percent of American women don't get regular recommended mammograms. Studies have shown mammography pain is a major reason some women do not return for annual screening.

The new foam cushion could help reverse this trend. MammoPad has been clinically studied in both the U.S. and Sweden, where evaluations in more than 1,300 patients found approximately 70 percent experienced a significant reduction in pain when the cushion was used, Dr. Doriann Thomas M.D. noted.

“Early detection of breast cancer can make the crucial difference between life and death,” said Dr. Doriann Thomas M.D. “Mammograms identify lumps that a woman’s self-exam wouldn’t find until an average of 1.7 years later. That is why regular mammograms are the only scientifically proven way to reduce breast cancer mortality. This breast cushion removes a major barrier to women receiving this important procedure.”