ARTICLE
October 6, 2014

New TomoSPOT Skin Markers Help Reduce Risk of False Negatives & Positives in 3D Mammography

Despite its advanced technology in finding more cancers and lowering overall recall rates, uncertainty of findings still occurs in digital breast tomosynthesis leading to additional procedures or missed diagnoses - much of which could have been prevented with the use of a skin marker to indicate specific areas of breast anatomy.

For decades, interpreting radiologists have benefited from mammography skin markers which communicate important information to help rule out most questionable findings related to skin lesions, nipple location and type, excisional scar location from previous surgical procedures, palpable masses, and non-palpable areas of concern/pain during their interpretation of images.    

Because of the tomosynthesis unit’s sensitivity to dense objects, any density (including some calcifications) has the potential to cause an unusual artifact effect commonly referred to as “slinkying.”  Older, denser, mammography skin markers made for analog or early 2D digital technologies are not optimal for this next generation of breast imaging.  

To reduce this artifact without sacrificing the benefits of skin markers in identifying, documenting, and communicating breast anatomy; Beekley Medical, the innovator and leader of skin marking technology, developed TomoSPOT skin markers for 3D breast tomosynthesis.

TomoSPOT skin markers utilize a very low density material that subtly highlights areas of interest or concern on the breast and have been extensively tested and proven to reduce the potential for slinky artifact under 3D breast tomosynthesis.

Combining 3D breast tomosynthesis with a TomoSPOT skin marking protocol provides higher specificity of findings, reduces liability, and supports efforts to achieve the lowest possible mammography recall rates.

TomoSPOT skin markers for indicating nipples, moles, scars, palpable masses, and non-palpable areas of concern are available exclusively through Beekley Medical in the United States and select distribution partners outside the U.S.

To learn more about TomoSPOT skin markers for 3D breast tomosynthesis or to request samples for evaluation, call 1-800-233-5539 or visit www.beekley.com       

 

RelatedArticles: 

Why all Radiologists Need Uniform-Density Skin Markers

Are Skin Markers Still Relevant in the Age of 3-D Mammography?

 

Mary Lang
Senior Marketing Communications Manager
Print Friendly Version of this pageGet a PDF version of this webpage



Disqus Comments

Comments for

blog comments powered by Disqus
RECOMMENDED POSTS
Product Updates
As the Radiologic Society of North America celebrates 100 years of advances in radiography, Beekley Medical will be introducing the next generation of mammography skin makers for the latest advancements in breast imaging. TomoSPOT™ skin markers for 3D breast...
Industry News
There is no doubt that digital breast tomosynthesis (3-D Mammography) has launched us into a new age of mammography. The clarity and number of images helps radiologists see and examine more breast tissue detail than ever before.  Detection rates of early stage...
Industry News
We've all heard of price parity, but did you know there is a large push towards IMAGE parity throughout the healthcare system?  Consistent and standard work is something we all strive for. No one thinks that is a bad idea, but can it be done in regards to mammographic...