On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, the Design Spot awarded a “Technology and Society” Star at the Observeur du Design awards on behalf of Université Paris-Saclay.
In taking part in these awards, the University aims to promote initiatives that associate design and technology for the advancement of tomorrow’s societies.
Since its creation in 1999 by the APCI (Agency for the Promotion of Industrial Creation), the Observeur has established itself as the most prestigious French design award, recognizing innovative, aesthetically remarkable designs that propose solutions for current and future societies.
The star projects — products, services, spaces, images or experiences — are presented to the public in a traveling exhibition, which is making a stop this year at The Design Spot from February 19 to March 16, 2018.
An innovative digital mammography system wins the “Technology and Society – Université Paris-Saclay” Star
Pristina – digital mammography system
Company: GE Healthcare │ Design: intern – Aurélie Boudier
Because of the discomfort or even pain felt during a mammogram, almost half of the women encouraged to screen for breast cancer prevention do not return for a follow-up visit. To fundamentally change this screening test, GE Healthcare’s internal design office has redesigned the use case and integration scenario for these machines, and designed a device that makes the patient the priority.
The general ergonomics and posture have been completely reviewed, and women are empowered to control the compression of the plates themselves. The pressure obtained is greater on average for less discomfort, with the end result of better imaging quality and less reluctance among women to repeat the examination.
This is a great example of how an approach through design and practical use can improve prevention for the benefit of women and society.