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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.


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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