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Are a mammogram and mammogram compression the same thing?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

A "compression view" is a mammogram that is done, well.
.. With extra squishing. This is done to see if an abnormality goes away when the breast is squished harder between the mammogram plates. If so, it means the abnormality was a fold of skin or overlapping tissue, not a cancer.

In brief: No

A "compression view" is a mammogram that is done, well.
.. With extra squishing. This is done to see if an abnormality goes away when the breast is squished harder between the mammogram plates. If so, it means the abnormality was a fold of skin or overlapping tissue, not a cancer.
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology

In brief: Yes and No

Compression of the breast is used during the mammogram to spread out the breast tissue and minimize motion.
Also, there are special mammographic views called 'spot compression' views, which focus on a small region of the breast, when screening mammo identifies a potential abnormality.

In brief: Yes and No

Compression of the breast is used during the mammogram to spread out the breast tissue and minimize motion.
Also, there are special mammographic views called 'spot compression' views, which focus on a small region of the breast, when screening mammo identifies a potential abnormality.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. Neil Halin
Radiology - Interventional

In brief: Pretty much

During a mammogram, the technologist will use the machine to compress the breast flat.
This is done to even out the thickness of the tissue to make it easier to visualize the tiny structures being looked for. Sometimes they will do a more focal compression for a zoom view to see something of particular interest.

In brief: Pretty much

During a mammogram, the technologist will use the machine to compress the breast flat.
This is done to even out the thickness of the tissue to make it easier to visualize the tiny structures being looked for. Sometimes they will do a more focal compression for a zoom view to see something of particular interest.
Dr. Neil Halin
Dr. Neil Halin
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