After arriving at KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital for my trial session, I was escorted to the iBreastExam Centre. Currently, iBreastExam is only exclusively available in KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital. Before the exam, I was required to register and there is an important emphasis on providing a valid email as that’s where your results are received.
After the registration process was done, came the iBreastExam! I was excited and nervous simultaneously as this was my first breast exam and needless to say, I was quite satisfied with the service and the results. The device felt like a cool stethoscope on the breast, all I needed to do was lie and wait patiently as the nurse studiously scanned all parts of the breast for any signs of lumps or lesions. It was a relatively fast and painless process. We were done in about 10 to 15 minutes and I was off on my way.
The next morning, I conveniently received my results in an email, which was convenient as I didn’t need to return to the hospital for any further reports!
More on iBreastExam with Dr. Eleen, medical officer at KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital
To find out more about iBreastExam, I sat with Dr. Eleen V. Sipawi, a resident medical officer at KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital. She reveals that “Sometimes, as doctors and nurses, our hands are not very sensitive in detecting lesions, most likely because the lesion is too small so iBreastExam can help detect the smaller lesions.”
With this, iBreastExam has accuracy 83% to 87% in detecting breast lumps and lesions.
The iBreastExam is also suitable for all adult women especially those within the younger age group. However, it’s important to note that iBreastExam isn’t meant to replace mammograms or biopsies which are still the standard in healthcare.
“Even if you are negative and aged 40 and above, you still need to do your 2 yearly mammograms,” says Dr. Eleen, “for a woman who receives a positive result, we will go through the conventional channels of mammograms and biopsies.”
Are there any conditions that would render the results inaccurate or unsuitable? “For breastfeeding mothers with infected breasts, or, Mastitis, it’s going to detect a lesion but cannot detect if the lesion is purely from infection, or, it could be aggressive breast cancer. That’s one of the contraindications.” She shares.
For further information or any enquiry, you may contact KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital at 088- 322000 or visit www.kpjsabah.com to book your appointment on line. You can also follow KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital on social media @kpjsabah for your daily healthcase updates.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. At Parents Avenue, we strongly recommend all our readers to seek medical advise from your local hospital or clinic. Thank you.
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