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Does a mammogram hurt? Does a mammogram hurt? I've heard from other people that the machine makes it really uncomfortable. How long do they usually last?

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology

In brief: Mammogram

All mammograms require breast compression, so there may be some discomfort for a few seconds, but it shouldn't be painful.

In brief: Mammogram

All mammograms require breast compression, so there may be some discomfort for a few seconds, but it shouldn't be painful.
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. Regina Hampton
If you normally have painful breasts, then an over the counter pain reliever can be taken 1 hour prior to your exam to decrease the discomfort.
Dr. Donald Higby
Internal Medicine - Oncology

In brief: Yes

Most patients report some pain with mammograms.
Some have severe pain that may last a couple of days. This is more likely technique, although some women have very sensitive breasts and that may contribute to the pain as well.

In brief: Yes

Most patients report some pain with mammograms.
Some have severe pain that may last a couple of days. This is more likely technique, although some women have very sensitive breasts and that may contribute to the pain as well.
Dr. Donald Higby
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine

In brief: Mammography

Mammography utilizes compression of the breast in order to make the breast as thin as is possible during imaging and to reduce motion.
This compression is performed automatically by the mammography machine. The compressive forces range from between 25 and 45 pounds. Breast compression is usually uncomfortable, but should not be unbearable. Two images are obtained of each breast. After breast positioning by the mammography technologist, each image takes approximately 3 seconds to obtain.

In brief: Mammography

Mammography utilizes compression of the breast in order to make the breast as thin as is possible during imaging and to reduce motion.
This compression is performed automatically by the mammography machine. The compressive forces range from between 25 and 45 pounds. Breast compression is usually uncomfortable, but should not be unbearable. Two images are obtained of each breast. After breast positioning by the mammography technologist, each image takes approximately 3 seconds to obtain.
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