Aurora BayCare adds soothing sounds, videos to mammograms

Published: Apr. 23, 2018 at 5:50 PM CDT
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Aurora BayCare in Green Bay hopes to make women more comfortable while getting mammograms.

The hospital's new breast imaging area includes new machines for testing and a spa-like atmosphere.

A hospital spokesperson tells Action 2 News it's the first in the area to use audio-visual technology -- with soothing sounds and serene videos -- to make the patient feel at ease.

"It can be an incredibly stressful time for a woman the day she comes from the mammogram. Any way that we can help to reduce the amount of apprehension, anxiety, fear and stress that a woman feels at the time of her mammogram is something we're interested in," Dr. Lynn Mastey, a breast imaging radiologist, said.

"A woman is more likely to calm her breathing, slow her breathing down and not tremble during the procedure, if she isn't afraid, and the effect of that is a higher image quality as well," Mastey explained.