Spot Compression Mammogram To Enable Better Visualization

A mammography exam involves taking images of each breast from two different angles for early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. If the physician or the radiologist observes some abnormality in the images, the patient might be suggested to come back for additional imaging.

Additional imaging may include the following:

  • Additional images taken at different angles
  • Breast ultrasound, to evaluate questionable areas such as suspected cysts identified during screening mammogram
  • Special mammography views, which may include magnification views or focal/spot compression views to evaluate a small area of breast tissue
  • Magnetic resonance imaging, Sestamibi or T-scan imaging
Magnification views use a small magnification table that brings the breast closer to the x-ray source to capture zoomed in images of the site of interest. This enables doctors in clearer assessment of the borders and the tissue structures of a suspicious site or a mass to evaluate micro-calcifications, tiny spot of calcium in the breast that may be a sign of a small cancer.

Spot compression mammogram involves compression of the breast to capture images of the small area in question. During the test, the physician applies compression to a smaller area of tissue using a small compression plate or cone. This is done to increase the effective pressure on that spot. This results in better tissue separation thereby allowing better visualization of the small site in question. Spot compression mammogram allows doctors to capture better images as compared to standard mammography techniques. Any abnormality in the breast can be seen more prominently on compression views.

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