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How is the mammogram done to screen?

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Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 43 years experience
2 or 3 X-rays: A screening mammogram sqeezes each breast between 2 horizontal plates and then between 2 vertical plates in order to take the x-ray pictures. Sometimes a 3rd view is taken on a tilt. The tech helps you position your arm and the breast tissue to get the best picture. She will ask you to hold your breath while she clicks the picture.
Dr. Justin Buchanan
Radiology 12 years experience
See below: Two pictures of each breast are taken with some compression of the tissues between plastic plates. A physician looks at the pictures, usually on a different day. If he/she sees anything that doesn't look completely normal, the patient is called back for more views and possible ultrasound. Otherwise, the patient can come back in one year for the next screening.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
Mammo: The tech will ask you to stand facing the mammo machine, and place one breast at a time on a flat surface.A flat compression paddle will gently be lowered to compress your breast. Compression spreads out the breast tissue and eliminates motion.The compression may be uncomfortable,but shouldn't hurt. Compression usually lasts no more than a few seconds. 2 views of each breast are obtained.

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