of breast cancer has significant impact on improve patient outcomes and lower treatment costs.
training for health professionals/students and breast self-exam training for women at risk.
For Physicians, Experience Isn't Enough:
Our research has identified that 25% of experienced physicians don't press hard enough to properly locate a mass when performing the clinical breast exam. Shown at the right is a plot of accuracy in correctly identifying a breast lesion as a function of the mean (±SD) force in newtons (N) that the participant applied during palpation in the examination of a simulated breast model. Reduced palpation forces (<10 newtons) were noted to place physicians at significant risk for missing deep-tissue lesions near the chest wall. With this being said, increasing the amount of palpation pressure improved the probability that the participant would identify a deep-tissue breast lesion (Laufer, Shlomi, et al. "Sensor Technology in Assessments of Clinical Skill."New England Journal of Medicine 372.8 (2015): 784-786).
Breast Health Empowerment:
10 Newtons has developed the first interactive, clinically proven, hands-on simulator for training in clinical and self breast exams. Using our simulator, physicians, nurses and patients experience realistic breast models combined with embedded sensors and user-friendly tablet interface that provides real-time quantitative, expert feedback. The result is greatly increased accuracy, competency, and confidence in performing clinical breast exams (CBE) and breast self-exams (BSE).
In-cloud data collection provides for institutional and universal analysis as well as continual refinement of the process to ensure a smooth and efficient deployment of the technology. By coupling physician/nurse training in clinical breast exams with broad patient training in breast self-exams, managed markets can vastly increase opportunities for early detection of breast cancer:
- Improve physician accuracy in CBE through data validated expert training
- Teach patients how to administer frequent breast self-exams with greater confidence and near-clinical accuracy
- Improve patient outcomes and lower patient costs