Should I be concerned about the bad impact from compression as ABUS imaging is extremely painful
I did the breast ultrasound screening a few days ago.
The breast ultrasound screening was *extremely* painful, much more painful than mammo.
In the breast ultrasound screening, I felt that the compression was too much. And I felt so painful that I had to make a tight fist and make a sound. I told the lady I felt very very painful and asked whether she could lift up the machine a little bit so there would not be so much compression. She seemed not to do so, as for 6 scans, I felt the same extent of pain.
She said different people felt different ways.
But I just felt it was not right speaking frankly.
After imaging, I felt fine. But I feel a sporadic light pain which I contribute to the hard compression in the ABUS imaging.
I understand different women have different tenderness of breasts and tolerance level of pain. However, I did numerous breast imaging before, including mammo, and hand-held ultrasound (but no ultrasound screening ABUS); I knew how compression during imaging felt. I have been pretty much tolerant of the previous imaging tests.
For example, for the painful scale, 0-10 (no pain to very painful)
I feel that
diagnostic ultrasound imaging: 3-4
ultrasound screening with ABUS: 9
For the ABUS, I felt that the probe rolled over my breast so hard.
During the imaging, I even began to worry such compression might cause some bad impact.
So after the imaging test, I went to do some research.
First, from what I read, ABUS is not supposed to be much more painful than mammo. Actually many women feel ABUS is less painful than mammo.
Second, I found some articles talking about possible bad impacts of the compression from diagnostic imaging methods.
Growing concern following compression mammography
I had a lumpectomy for DCIS last year.
I really do not want such imaging compression to bring a higher risk for cancer occurrence.
What about your experience?
I already wrote messages to my breast surgeon to see her opinions.