What does CC and MLO mean on a mammogram?

What does CC and MLO mean on a mammogram?

Standard views are bilateral craniocaudal (CC) and mediolateral oblique (MLO) views, which comprise routine screening mammography. The views are usually used for all routine screening clients. That is, unless there is a contraindication, screening mammograms consist of these 4 views.

What is MLO spot compression?

A spot view (also known as a spot compression view or focal compression view) is an additional mammographic view performed by applying the compression to a smaller area of tissue using a small compression paddle, increasing the effective pressure on that spot.

What is a diagnostic mammogram with spot compression?

Spot compression (also called cone compression) may be used to get a closer view of one area of the breast during diagnostic mammography. To get a clearer image, a small compression plate separates the breast tissue in an area and pushes normal breast tissue out of the way.

What is MLO view of breast?

There is a mediolateral oblique (MLO) view which is looking through your breast from the side. In addition, there is a craniocaudal (CC) view which is looking through your breast from above. A screening mammogram is composed of a CC and MLO view of each breast.

What is CC and MLO projections?

So, ‘Cranial-Caudal’ (CC) is a view from above. while an oblique or angled view ‘mediolateral-oblique’, or (MLO). The ‘medio-lateral view’, (ML) is a view from the center of the chest outward, whilst the ‘latero-medial’ view (or LM) is a view from the outer side of the breast, towards the middle of the chest.

What happens after spot compression mammogram?

Ultrasound is then performed after the spot compression views for evaluation of the consistency of the lesion, primarily cystic or solid. In addition, the vascularity of the lesion can be assessed with the color Doppler with the more vascular lesions typically being more aggressive.

Does spot compression mammogram hurt?

The compression can make a mammogram painful for some women, but for most it is mildly uncomfortable, and the sensation lasts for just a short time.