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Clin Imaging. 2009 Jan-Feb;33(1):7-10. doi: 10.1016/j.clinimag.2008.06.025.

Reduced compression mammography to reduce breast pain.

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  • 1Department of Radiological Technology, Faculty of Medicine, Tohoku University School of Health Sciences, Sendai, Japan. chida@mail.tains.tohoku.ac.jp

Abstract

This study evaluated whether reduced compression mammography to relieve breast tenderness is feasible. Women can better tolerate a compression force of approximately 90 N in mammography. The breast thickness increased approximately 3 mm when the compression force was reduced to 90 N, and although the radiation dose increased approximately 20%, the image quality was identical to that with standard compression. Many patients experience breast pain with a compression force of 120 N. Reduced compression force mammography is acceptable in women whose breasts are particularly sensitive.

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