Impact of patient-controlled compression on the mammography experience.


Journal Article

The authors tested the hypothesis that giving women control over the compression portion of the mammography examination results in a less painful experience, greater overall patient satisfaction, and a radiographic image as good as that produced by means of technologist-controlled compression. One hundred nine women undergoing screening mammography at a hospital-based outpatient clinic were studied. Each underwent two-view, screen-film mammography performed in routine fashion except that, by random assignment, one breast was compressed by the technologist and the other breast, by the patient. Patient-controlled compression was significantly (P = .003) less painful than technologist-controlled compression. Overall patient satisfaction (96% [105 of 109]) and willingness to repeat the experience were extremely high. The majority of images (93.5% [202 of 216]) were rated as having good to excellent compression. With minimal patient education, self-compression resulted in an image at least as good as that produced with technologist-applied compression. Further study of this technique is warranted.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kornguth, PJ; Rimer, BK; Conaway, MR; Sullivan, DC; Catoe, KE; Stout, AL; Brackett, JS

Published Date

  • January 1, 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 186 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 99 - 102

PubMed ID

  • 8416595

Pubmed Central ID

  • 8416595

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-8419

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1148/radiology.186.1.8416595


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States