Reduced compression mammography to reduce breast pain

Koichi Chida, Yuka Komatsu, Masahiro Sai, Asuka Nakagami, Takayuki Yamada, Takuya Yamashita, Issei Mori, Tadashi Ishibashi, Shin Maruoka, Masayuki Zuguchi

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-10
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Imaging
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jan


  • Breast cancer
  • Film-screen mammography
  • Image quality
  • Radiation dose


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