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Analysis of motion during the breast clamping phase of mammography

Ma, W, McEntee, M, Kelly, J, Millington, S, Mercer, CE and Hogg, P 2016, 'Analysis of motion during the breast clamping phase of mammography' , British Journal of Radiology, 89 (1059) , p. 20150715.

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Objectives: To measure paddle motion during the clamping phase of a breast phantom for a range of machine/paddle combinations. Methods: A deformable breast phantom was used to simulate a female breast. Twelve mammography machines from three manufacturers with twenty two flexible and twenty fixed paddles were evaluated. Vertical motion at the paddle was measured using two calibrated linear potentiometers. For each paddle, the motion in millimeters was recorded every 0.5 seconds for 40 seconds while the phantom was compressed with 80 N. Independent t-tests were used to determine differences in paddle motion between flexible and fixed, small and large, GE Senographe Essential and Hologic Selenia Dimensions paddles. Paddle tilt in the medial-lateral plane for each machine/paddle combination was calculated. Results: All machine/paddle combinations demonstrate highest levels of motion during the first 10s of the clamping phase. Least motion is 0.17±0.05 mm/10s (n=20) and the most is 0.51±0.15 mm/10s (n=80). There is a statistical difference in paddle motion between fixed and flexible (p<0.001), GE Senographe Essential and Hologic Selenia Dimensions paddles (p<0.001). Paddle tilt in the medial-lateral plane is independent of time and varied from 0.04° to 0.69°. Conclusions: All machine/paddle combinations exhibited motion and tilting and the extent varied with machine and paddle sizes and types. Advances in knowledge: This research suggests that image blurring will likely be clinically insignificant 4 seconds or more after the clamping phase commences.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Radiology
Publisher: British Institute of Radiology
ISSN: 0007-1285
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Funders: Symposium Mammographicum
Depositing User: P Hogg
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2016 12:13
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2016 10:41

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