A systematic review of interventions to relieve pain and discomfort associated with screening mammography found only 1 well-designed trial, which concluded that patient-controlled breast compression
significantly reduced discomfort.
The scar tissue resulting from breast-conserving therapy often turns mammography into a particularly painful experience because of the need for breast compression
to obtain a high-quality image.
For a SoftScan image, the breast is simply immobilized within stabilizing plates for the laser scan, and therefore, does not require painful breast compression
, as does X-ray mammography.
That finding reflected differences in breast compression
thickness, which was, on average, 18-33 mm larger in obese women.
Mammography requires severe breast compression
that could contribute to implant rupture.
In Wisconsin, the advertising strategy used by the company not only promoted transillumination as superior to mammography but also exploited some women's fears of radiation and the potential discomfort from the breast compression
required in mammography.
The procedure is non-invasive, painless, and does not expose the patient to ionizing radiation or painful breast compression
The procedure does not expose the patient to ionising radiation or painful breast compression
and is designed to be used in conjunction with mammography.
A feeding plan was initiated that included 'switch feeding' with breast compression
to increase stimulation to nipple and promote breast drainage.
In clinical practice, the procedure would take 10 to 20 minutes per breast and should be comfortable for the patient because it does not require breast compression
The test is simple, painless and involves no radiation, breast compression
, electrodes or electrical current.