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dc.contributor.authorNaylor, Sarah
dc.contributor.authorCassar Agius, E
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-06T10:46:54Z
dc.date.available2020-04-06T10:46:54Z
dc.date.issued2018-04-05
dc.identifier.citationAgius, E.C. and Naylor, S., (2018). 'Breast compression techniques in screening mammography–A Maltese evaluation project'. Radiography, 24(4), pp.309-314.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1078-8174
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.radi.2018.03.007
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/624665
dc.description.abstractIn screening mammography, the radiographer should be responsible for providing mammograms of high diagnostic value, possibly without subjecting clients to a painful experience. This skill is demonstrated via the technique of breast compression and is explored in this study by analysing insights about methods and underlying principles in regards to this procedure. One-to-one semi-structured interviews were conducted with radiographers who perform screening mammography in Malta. For data analysis, a descriptive phenomenological approach following a simplified version of Hycner's (1985) method was adopted. Five general themes were extracted from the data; meeting the client, preparing the client, the mammography procedure, pain from compression and client turnout. It was determined that the participants alter their breast compression technique according to the client rather than following a rigid step-by-step process and that explanation and requesting client feedback are essential to obtain cooperation. Additionally, mammography positioning and compression application are tailored in a way that encourage compliance, however not at the expense of degrading image quality. Ultimately, it is also believed that a proper breast compression technique positively influences client turnout. The results of this study demonstrate that radiographers should be flexible in their approach in order to carry out a successful breast compression technique. However, it has also been shown that such effectiveness in practice is gained from experience rather than initial training. If exposed to this study's findings, new mammographers would be able to form a robust core of knowledge before embarking on the challenging specialisation of mammography.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipN/Aen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherElsevier BVen_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1078817418300373en_US
dc.relation.urlhttp://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20859en_US
dc.rights© 2018 The College of Radiographers. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
dc.rights.urihttps://www.elsevier.com/tdm/userlicense/1.0/
dc.subjectBreast compression, Screening mammography, Descriptive phenomenology Interviewen_US
dc.titleBreast compression techniques in screening mammography – A Maltese evaluation projecten_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentSheffield Hallam Universityen_US
dc.contributor.departmentNational Breast Screening Programme, Lascaris Wharf, Vallettaen_US
dc.identifier.journalRadiographyen_US
dc.identifier.piiS1078817418300373
dc.source.journaltitleRadiography
dc.source.volume24
dc.source.issue4
dc.source.beginpage309
dc.source.endpage314
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-03-09
dc.author.detail786778en_US


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