Breast specialist Dr. Kristi Funk demonstrates how a mammogram is performed.
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Mammogram Step By Step Host: So please detail, what goes on so we can inform people on why it doesn’t really hurt as bad as everyone thinks it does. Female: Here we go, your breast which is of course the shape of a balloon is placed between two plates like this and a device called the compressor will firmly press the breast tissue to lay flat. What we aim to do is create an even thickness between the plates. This accomplishes two things, the first is it takes away some of the curve contour so we get the most accurate image for more readability and it also clamps you in position so you can't run away. No actually, it does clamp you in position so that you stay still because motion artifact happens, it blurs the mammogram and then we have to start all over again.