While I’m on a roll with screening tests today was mammogram morning. I had the roughest technician I’ve ever had handling my breasts!!! They were so tightly compressed that afterwards I had red lines across my chest!! I said to the woman, to maybe give her a hint that she was hurting me …. “you must get sick of women complaining all day”. She responded: “Quite frankly, yes I do” …. LOL – I was her first one of the day!!
My mother is a breast cancer survivor so I take the screening process very seriously and front up every year – I have not missed a year since I turned 40 years old.
In 1913 a Berlin surgeon, Albert Solomon, began studying breast tissue that had been removed by mastectomy using conventional x-ray machines. His study involved visualizing breast cancers in 3,000 specimens. In the 1940’s Stafford Warren, in New York, developed a stereoscopic system for identifying tumors.
In 1949, Raul Leborgne of Uruguay identified the need to compress the breast to identify calcifications which would eventually lead to more accurate screening.
1956 Robert Egan, a radiologist in Houston, developed a special film for mammograms which produced reproducible images with improved details.
1966 The first dedicated mammography machine is developed and in the 70’s several manufacturers began selling dedicated mammography systems.
In the 1980’s and 90’s improvements were made to the machines including reduced radiation dosage, digital imaging and computer-aided detection. The first mammogram machines used much higher doses of radiation than used today and according to emedicinehealth.com a woman on an intercontinental flight today is exposed to more radiation than one having a mammogram.
And thus concludes the yearly poking, prodding, scraping and squashing tests on Emjay.