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spot compression

The application of local pressure to a region of the breast in which an anomaly was found during routine mammography. The locally imaged portion of breast tissue is magnified by compression and is therefore easier to view than the surrounding breast tissue because the volume of tissue in the image is minimized.
See also: compression
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Spot compression views are performed when a screening mammogram identifies an area of concern or abnormality, requiring detailed, follow-up images.
Radiologists and technologists who've used the Spot Compression MammoPad are extremely pleased with this innovative new product," said BioLucent President Jill Anderson.
While spot compression views are critically important, they are often more painful than screening mammograms because greater breast compression is needed to get a more detailed image of a particular section of the breast.