Accessibility of Mammography Equipment and Mammography

Report
Accessibility of Mammography
Equipment
Janet Kreitman, MAPA, MSW,
Program Coordinator
American Association on Health
and Disability
http://www.aahd.us
July 29, 2010
AAHD and Mammography
Accessibility
AAHD & Susan G. Komen for the Cure grants
• 2007: “Increasing Breast Cancer Screening for
Women with Disabilities in Montgomery County,
MD by Improving Access, Education and
Training at Mammography Sites”
• 2009-2010: “Project Accessibility: Removing
Barriers for Women with Disabilities”
Designing a “Perfect”
Mammography Machine
• Chevarley et al. (2006): Many WWDs Report
Avoiding Mammography
• Bucky Height:
• No specific requirements: U.S. Dept. of
Justice, Am. Cancer Society, NJ Hospital
Association
• Recommendations: Montana (31”), BHAWD
(24”), Massachusetts (24”), AAHD (24”), 23”25” in the D.C. Metro area
Mammography Machine
Designing a “Perfect”
Mammography Machine
• Kailes and Lee (2009): Plate
Distance
• Plate Angle
• Floor Platform
Mammography Machine
Designing a “Perfect”
Mammography Machine
• Tube Head
• Receptor Size
• Tilt Feature
Designing a “Perfect”
Mammography Machine
• Technologist Input/Design
• Women with Disabilities Input/Design
• Technologist Training
Recommendation: Mandatory
Positioning Chairs
• U.S. Department of Justice: “Access To
Medical Care For Individuals With Mobility
Disabilities” (May 2010)
• “Massachusetts Facility Assessment Tool”
(2009)
• AAHD: “Project Accessibility”
• Story, Schwier, and Kailes (2009)
Positioning Chair
Recommendations
• Adjustable Height
• Removable Footrests and Armrests
• Adjustable Seat Length (Knees to Hips)
• Seat Belt
• Adjustable Back/Reclines
Positioning Chair
Positioning Chair
Recommendations
• Motorized Seat Height Adjustor
• Dual Locking Brakes
• Technologist Input/Design
• Women with Disabilities Input/Design
Contact Information
Janet Kreitman
American Association on Health and
Disability
110 North Washington Street, Suite 328J
Rockville, MD 20850
301-545-6140 ext. 203
[email protected]
http://www.aahd.us

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