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A. Normal left mammogram with motion blur. Compression of the breast is necessary in order to minimize the chance of blurring or fuzziness that may hide a cancer.

B. Normal left mammogram without motion blur. This is the same view of the same patient, performed with adequate breast compression that has immobilized the breast. The image is sharp and therefore cancer is easier to detect.

Note: Images are shown for illustrative purposes. Do not attempt to draw conclusions or make diagnoses by comparing these images to other medical images, particularly your own. Only qualified physicians should interpret images; the radiologist is the physician expert trained in medical imaging.