Volume 2 Supplement 2

Symposium Mammographicum 2000

Open Access

Up the creek without a paddle

  • G Baxter1
Breast Cancer Research20002(Suppl 2):A46

https://doi.org/10.1186/bcr235

Published: 1 October 2000

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In mammography compression is essential for various reasons: (1) scatter reduction; (2) dose reduction (3) improved image sharpness; (4) to maintain a uniform film density; and (5) to improve the separation of the breast tissue structures.

Localised compression or "paddle views" are used to demonstrate whether a lesion has ill-defined or well-defined borders, and also to demonstrate whether a lesion represents significant architectural distortion or is a superimposition of normal breast tissue.

With compression, the whole breast will be compressed only as much as its least compressible part but, by substituting a smaller compression plate, pressure can then be applied to a smaller volume.

How many times has a radiographer been told to see if they can "lose" or "squash" a lesion out? However, can you "lose" a lesion under spot compression that is really there? This radiographer believes "yes" and will demonstrate that certain lesions can be compressed and appear to disappear.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Warwickshire, Solihull & Coventry Breast Screening Unit, Coventry & Warwickshire Hospital

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