Mammographic compression and diagnostic performance



By Prof. K Grimbergen & Prof. A den Heeten

One of the factors dissuading women from continuing participation in breast screening mammography programmes is the pain and discomfort caused by
the compression of the breast necessary to optimize the quality of the mammographic image. Recently a new system for breast compression has
been developed based on the use of pressure (i.e. the force applied to the breast divided by the contact area of the breast with the paddle).

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