breast compression


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breast compression

Squeezing the breast between movable grids prior to mammographic or magnetic resonance imaging. Its purpose is to limit movement of the breast and optimize image detail, minimize the dose of radiation received, maximize the quantity of breast tissue in the field of view, and stabilize the breast during biopsy.
See also: compression
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A systematic review of interventions to relieve pain and discomfort associated with screening mammography found only 1 well-designed trial, which concluded that patient-controlled breast compression significantly reduced discomfort.
For a SoftScan image, the breast is simply immobilized within stabilizing plates for the laser scan, and therefore, does not require painful breast compression, as does X-ray mammography."
That finding reflected differences in breast compression thickness, which was, on average, 18-33 mm larger in obese women.
* Mammography requires severe breast compression that could contribute to implant rupture.
In Wisconsin, the advertising strategy used by the company not only promoted transillumination as superior to mammography but also exploited some women's fears of radiation and the potential discomfort from the breast compression required in mammography.
VolparaEnterprise is part of a suite of quantitative breast imaging tools, which allow for personalised measurements of density, patient-specific x-ray dose, breast compression, breast positioning and other factors designed to provide critical insight for breast imaging workflow, concluded the company.
Senographe Pristina from GE Healthcare features a 510(k)-pending self-compression tool that enables patients to adjust the amount of pressure and breast compression with the help of a technologist.
The term oblique applies to the plane of breast compression. In craniocaudal projection, compression is usually applied from top of the breast with the detector system under the caudal surface.
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