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Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging

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Understanding Compression

You may have felt slightly uncomfortable during your mammogram because of breast compression and we apologize for any discomfort. We wanted the most accurate pictures possible of your breast tissue.

You may be wondering why such compression of the breasts is necessary during a mammogram. Compression of the breast, while briefly uncomfortable for you, helps us take clearer pictures of your breasts with less radiation. Flattening of the tissues is necessary for you to have the best exam possible.

Compression is not dangerous to the breasts and produces no long-term discomfort. If you notice that the compression has caused some temporary discoloration of one or both of your breasts, do not be alarmed. Your breasts may also be sore and tender for several days. If your breasts ache, you can take Tylenol®, ibuprofen or aspirin.

If you experience any other problems or have any questions about your mammogram, please call our office.