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Bad Mammogram Tech! No Cookie!

August 9, 2007

Elizabeth from Harelipfrog has something to say to her mammogram tech “from hell,” Nancy at Stonecrest, a TriStar Health System facility in Smyrna, TN. Among her complaints, “She would not allow me to cover the breast that was not being screened.” Go read the rest to see why Stonecrest is getting a polite letter of complaint.

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  1. 11 year mammo tech permalink
    November 1, 2008 10:19 pm

    Being a mammo tech for 11 years,I also have had the experience where pts. want to cover the breast that’s not being examined, but here is the thing, the gown that you are using to cover the other breast may fall into the field of view of the other breast while we take the exposure. Which will force the mammo tech to repeat the image, which will increase the amount of radiation exposure to your body. Believe me we realize that you are uncomfortable and MOST mammo techs find no joy in making you feel anymore uncomfortable than you already are. Try to understand that we do this ALL day and are trying to do our best to make u feel as at ease as a possible while at the same time performing/producing the best images for the doctors to review.

    Unfortunately being a larger woman with large breasts does make it increasingly difficult to image your breasts properly. Yes, we will have to take additional images to ensure we have imaged all of your breast tissue. Yes, the corner of the plate will dig into your armpit, (we did not manufacture the equipment) yes if you are a larger woman and and have difficulty with body mechanics there is a possibility that your chin and other body parts get into the field of view. I am no way are trying to make you feel bad, but realize WE are here to help you. And yes maybe the previous mammo tech you encountered may have had more experience imaging obese womens breast than the most recent one but its not the techs fault that you are fat. Your weight made the exam increasingly difficult.

  2. November 2, 2008 9:06 am

    [Susanna, sorry, I have a no name-calling policy]

  3. Susanna permalink
    November 2, 2008 9:23 am

    OK, leave out the first clause

  4. mom permalink
    May 10, 2011 4:15 pm

    I was also not allowed to cover the breast that wasn’t being filmed. I assumed this was common procedure and just what they do? Maybe the wrap is just for sitting and waiting in their little waiting area. I have to say I felt humiliated under normal circumstances. If that is what you can call it.

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