Why Women Should Consider Having A SureTouch Breast Scan

SureTouch improves the Early Detection of Breast Cancer with new technology and expertise, namely the highly acclaimed SureTouch™ Visual Mapping system.

The introduction of SureTouch now provides women of all ages with the option of having a regular Sensitive, Accurate, Pain Free & Radiation Free Computerised Breast Imaging with their own GP or primary health care professional. The procedure is non-invasive, requires no compression of the breast tissue and won’t cause any harm to the patient as it uses no radiation to generate a scan.

• FACT: You could be 18 or 80, have dense breast tissue, have had a mastectomy or have undergone augmentation (implants), a SureTouch Computerised Breast Imaging is suitable for you.

• FACT: Breast Cancer does not discriminate as it can occur at any age.

• FACT: Women under 40 years do get breast cancer.

• FACT: A SureTouch CBI is a pain free breast examination.

• FACT: SureTouch is TGA Approved (Therapeutics Goods Administration) of Australia and by the regulatory authorities in the USA.

What is SureTouch?

SureTouch Visual Mapping system is a unique digital sensing device that assists a physician or other trained healthcare professional in screening for breast cancer in the coursework of scheduled exams, greatly increasing the chances of early diagnosis of breast cancer in women.

How does the technology work?

The SureTouch hand-held sensor is made up of a high resolution array of many small, proprietary, pressure-sensitive elements. These elements are the integral part of the technology that converts the measure of tissue elasticity in to an electronic signal, which is then digitized and computer analyzed.

Why should women have Computerised Breast Imaging?

Currently, women usually depend on self-examination or a similar hand examination by their primary care physician or gynecologist to identify breast lesions. Computerised Breast Imaging that’s easy to receive and accurately displayed is beneficial to all women but to those between the ages of 25-40, who, unless we detect a concern, would not likely seek a mammogram. With breast cancer, early detection can make the dissimilarity between life and death.

Is the SureTouch examination accurate and reliable?

A two-year study of SureTouch funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), and its surprising results for identifying and mapping breast lesions have been documented by the American Journal of surgical procedure and by the researchers involved in the project. Eight clinical studies carried out in various countries show that Suretouch is more accurate than conventional breast exams. In countries like India & China, Suretouch is used for breast screening in the general population. Suretouch can even pick up breast lesions after a mastectomy, whereas mammograms cannot where there is no breast tissue.

Can SureTouch be used as a diagnostic device?

It is not a diagnostic device. Its purpose is to visualize the sense of touch and generate an objective, reliable and consistent printed report for the information of the patient, a second formatted report for review by the attending medical practitioner and a digital document file that can be appended to the patient’s electronic medical record viewable by mammographers and attending breast surgeons.

KCPE Exam – Should It Be Scrapped?

The recent call by MP Jeremiah Kioni for the abolition of KCPE exams has generated a lot of controversy. KCPE exams were introduced in 1985 ostensibly to act as a screening tool for applicants to high schools. Those with the highest marks go on to secure places in national schools. Then there would be those who would have performed fairly well who will go on to provincial schools. The rest would end up in district, village or harambee schools. Still, the academic ambitions of a majority of the students would come to an abrupt end as there aren’t enough high schools in the country to absorb all the standard eight pupils. Whereas an exam system is supposed to test the knowledge and skills of a student, it is still a matter of debate whether KCPE exams meet these objectives. In most cases, it serves a screening tool to weed off students that the system does not want. This is certainly a grave danger that the country is putting itself in.

The first KCPE was topped by Naeem Samnakay, who went to top KCSE exams again four years later at the Alliance high school. He is currently a pediatrician surgeon in Australia. However, not many KCPE stars have had such an amazing success. Some have fallen by the wayside and failed to appear among the top students in KCSE. Could it be that KCPE and KCSE test entirely different skills and hence the difference in the charts. Do the exams measure critical reasoning, analytical thinking and creativity or is it simply a case of who can regurgitate the most information. These are serious questions that Kenyan educationists must answer if the exams are to serve any useful purpose. Otherwise the calls from the abolitionists will get even louder.