QT Ultrasound said today that it is launching a chain of commercial mammography scanning centers using its radiation and compression-free breast imaging technology.
The Novato, Calif.-based company said the chain will function under the moniker QTbreasthealth, and will provide women a “unique spa-like, patient-centric environment.” The company has already opened locations in Novato, Walnut Creek, Calif. and Grand Rapids, Mich.
“We are thrilled to be on the forefront of this evolution in breast imaging. The QTbreasthealth experience is different than what women are used to. No compression means they get a comfortable experience, no harmful radiation means reduced risk and concern, results delivered and discussed personally with a provider – within just 72 hours – reduces anxiety, and the spa-like facilities and customer-centric philosophy help to define a new generation of breast imaging for women. We are already receiving great feedback from women who have been able to get image clarity delivered with comfort and compassion,” QTbreasthealth chief growth officer Dotty Bollinger said in a prepared statement.
The QT Ultrasound breast scanner has already received FDA 510(k) clearance for breast imaging, though is not intended as a replacement for screening mammography, the company said. The system uses no radiation, compressions or injections, the company added.
“For years we’ve seen the growing trend that consumers want to be involved in decisions about their healthcare. Now, with the QTbreasthealth centers, we’re making it easier for women to put their breast health in their own hands. This technology is especially effective for women with dense breasts – about half of all women – who may have gotten false positives with mammography or who have been told they need additional screening. The QTscan can see through dense breasts and identify suspicious areas, which mammography may not,” CEO Dr. John Klock said in a press release.