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New device promises higher-quality mammography scans with less pain

25th November 2014

A new type of mammography device has been developed that could potentially allow scans to be performed more effectively and comfortably.

Created by the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, the system standardises the pressure applied in mammography to reduce pain associated with breast compression without sacrificing image quality.

It functions by displaying the average pressure during compression and can be easily added to existing mammography systems.

For the study, three of four compressions for each participant were standardised to a target force of 14 dekanewtons, while one randomly assigned compression reduced the target pressure of 10 dekanewtons. The lower pressure did not compromise radiation dose or image quality.

Dr Woutjan Branderhorst, researcher at the department of biomedical engineering and physics at the Academic Medical Center, said: "Standardising the applied pressure would reduce both over and under-compression and lead to a more reproducible imaging procedure, with less pain."

Mammography is a vital tool in the successful and timely diagnosis of breast cancer, which remains the most common cancer type in the UK.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801762305-ADNFCR

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