Affirm Prone Biopsy Table and Patient Support System
Based on the success of its award-winning Selenia Dimensions mammography system, Hologic returned to Farm for help developing the Affirm™ prone biopsy system, the first breast biopsy table to offer integrated 3D tomosynthesis scanning for superior imaging detail. In response, Farm and Hologic designed a breakthrough biopsy system whose next-generation technology is underscored by a more comfortable experience for the patient, a streamlined workflow for technical staff, and an iconic design evolution of Hologic’s visual brand.
Farm’s design of the Affirm™ prone biopsy system was driven by a comprehensive understanding of the interaction between the patient, the technologist, and the biopsy table. The Farm team observed multiple procedures, followed by one-on-one interviews with both patients and clinical staff, capturing the details of both the patient experience and the operational challenges faced by the technologists. Farm then conducted an ergonomic study of women, mapping how their bodies came into contact with the biopsy table. Guided by this gathered data, dozens of concepts were developed, refined, and fabricated for padding shapes, foam combinations, foot and arm supports, and access inserts. The result was a highly customizable and integrated support system that comfortably cushioned the patient in any position. Fully configurable, the system was designed to address various patient body types and allow complete access to biopsy targets.
The Affirm™ prone biopsy system delivers a new level of design innovation to the Hologic product family, offering better access to challenging lesion locations, a streamlined workflow that makes operation fast and easy, and an integrated support system that greatly increases the patient’s comfort.
In April 2016, Hologic announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance and commercial launch of the Affirm™ prone biopsy system, the first dedicated prone biopsy system to offer both 2D and 3D imaging-guided breast biopsies.
Farm collaborated with Hologic to develop Selenia Dimensions, their next generation mammography system featuring Tomosynthesis 3D imaging technology. Selenia Dimensions offers more accurate imaging and a better user experience for both the patient and the operating technician.
Farm conducted observational research and one-on-one interviews to better understand the habits and practices of technicians, and the ways in which patients interact with the device. These findings led to the creation of an innovative “flush” form that greatly improves patient comfort by integrating patient interaction areas into the surface of the enclosure. The team then redesigned the device controls to optimize their accessibility and ease of use while strategically locating them to avoid inadvertent contact with the patient and accommodate the rotational movement of the system.
In addition, Farm developed an entirely new workstation with an array of new features, including an enhanced graphical touch screen interface and proprietary x-ray exposure controls that greatly eliminate repetitive joint motion and user fatigue. These ergonomic improvements, integrated with the new design language, leverage Hologic’s brand equity and highlight the new “Tomo” technology as representing a significant leap forward in women’s healthcare.