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Imaging tests for dense breasts: mammogram or ultrasound?

Thanks to Mrs Victoria Hipperson, Consultant Radiographer, breast imaging, from Whipps Cross hospital in London who wanted to help raise awareness of the challenges that exist in imaging dense breasts. Imaging tests to assess breast problems Women are often familiar with routine mammograms for screening those without any symptoms. These start from around the age of[…]

Does Breast Screening have the communication skills?

Communication – it’s just one word, but it affects every human being in many different ways. In healthcare, we’re taught that as students, and as professionals, we should pride ourselves on communicating well with others. Equally, the breast screening programme communicates with millions of women every year, and most of the time does it well[…]

“The Mammographer was brilliant”

It’s great to get patient stories and here’s one to encourage those of you who are anxious about going for your breast screen. Thanks to Jean Phillips for sharing this with us and telling us how kind the mammographer was. I’ve recently been for a Mammogram at Nye Bevan House, Rochdale. It was a routine[…]

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10 mammogram questions for wheelchair users

Mammograms for physically disabled women Planning To make an accurate diagnosis, the mammogram has to be of a high quality.  This requires a complex set of skills and a good partnership between the radiographer and woman. These requirements are often enhanced when imaging physically disabled women. Remember you will be expected to: Undress your top[…]

Patient Assisted Compression in Mammography – What’s that?

We all know that when talking about the mammogram experience, at some point in the conversation someone will mention the pain and the squash. And rightly so, it’s part of the examination that causes much angst: how much pain will have to be endured due to the compression so that we can get either an[…]

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Guidelines for screening mammograms with breast implants

Public Health England recently published new guidelines for performing mammography on clients with breast implants, and now they recommend that the Eklund technique, or ‘implant displacement’ is offered to everyone. What do we think about that? And, for those joining us who aren’t trained in the art and science that is mammography, what the heck is it? And why do we need it?  Why do[…]

What to expect to see at your mammogram appointment – a tour of the machine!

Today Julie talks you through the mammogram experience, showing you the machine and how the compression is controlled – and by whom. Follow the link to the video, and all will be revealed – we can promise that all mammogram machines will look and act in the same way, but we can’t promise a lovely[…]

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Going for a regular mammogram – can I ask you about….?

Our favourite blogger Leslie wrote a very open and candid view of her mammogram experience in ‘My Breast Screening Mammogram’ and here Claire answers some more of your questions about the whole experience, and shares a little about her own mammogram appointment. Do we all feel the same? For those of you who read Leslie’s post[…]

My breast screening mammogram

I’ve had my mammogram today I make it a rule not to drink and use social media. I’ve just broken that rule. This is because I’ve had my mammogram today. No, it’s not the mammogram itself that has driven me to breaking my golden rule but the extra stress I’ve put myself under in attempting[…]

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Like Mother, Like Daughter….#showucare

Today, I’m describing what happened when my mum got her first invitation to breast screening, and how my natural bossy nature took over – only because I care – but was I right? Like Mother, Like Daughter…. I wouldn’t want to be like anyone else, as the saying goes. Whenever I catch myself being contrary,[…]

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