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Old 09-13-2010, 07:51 AM
 
Location: EPWV
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I was just at my yearly mammogram and have started wondering since the previous year's exam did not seem as painful as the most recent one. Is there a standard for how tight the plate compression is set? When the plates come together on one's breast, how does it know not to keep pressing down even further? How is that controlled, or is it?



Are there any health professionals in the field that can explain?
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Old 09-13-2010, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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You might find this abstract interesting: Compression in mammography and the perception of d... [Australas Radiol. 1997] - PubMed result .

In general, the more compression, the thinner the breast and the better the image will be. How the compression is applied may vary with the equipment. When I had mine done, I believe it was with a foot pedal, which allows the tech to use both hands to position the breast. I have had additional views and a needle localization biopsy, and the compression for those was much tighter.

The machine automatically releases the compression after the picture is shot.

An inexperienced tech might be afraid to use enough compression --- she doesn't want to hurt anyone.
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Old 09-13-2010, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Xrays are cumulative and can cause cancer.
And they have not proven to be a great life saver either.
You should do the research before getting another.
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