European Radiology

, Volume 13, Issue 10, pp 2384–2389 | Cite as

Influence of the radiographer on the pain felt during mammography

  • M. Van Goethem
  • D. Mortelmans
  • E. Bruyninckx
  • I. Verslegers
  • I. Biltjes
  • E. Van Hove
  • A. De Schepper


Mammography is the only useful examination in screening for breast cancer. Mortality from breast cancer can be reduced if women go regularly for a screening mammography. Moreover, it is still the key examination in diagnosis of breast diseases and in the follow-up of patients treated for breast cancer. Pain with mammography can deter women from going for regular screening or follow-up; therefore, it is important to reduce pain experience or discomfort from mammography. In this study we evaluate the impact of the "radiographer" on the pain risk during mammography by analysing questionnaires filled in by women and radiographers. Study results reveal that the opinion of the radiographer, the information and communication during the examination and the number of years of experience are important factors in pain and discomfort experience. The attitude of the radiographer plays an important role in the pain experience.


Mammography Pain Radiographers Information Communication Pain opinion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Van Goethem
    • 1
  • D. Mortelmans
    • 2
  • E. Bruyninckx
    • 2
  • I. Verslegers
    • 1
  • I. Biltjes
    • 1
  • E. Van Hove
    • 2
  • A. De Schepper
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, University of Antwerp (UZA), Wilrijkstraat 10, 2650 Edegem, Belgium
  2. 2.Department of Political and Social Sciences, Department PSW, University of Antwerp (UIA), Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Wilrijk, Belgium

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