Gel may ease pain of mammogram

July 22, 2008 6:32:01 PM PDT
Researchers have found that an over the counter gel could make the process of getting a mammogram less painful for women.

The study looked at more than 400 women. It found that women who used topical lidocaine gel one hour before their mammogram had a 20 percent reduction in discomfort during the exam compared to those who did not use the gel.

Researchers said women thinking about using the gel should first check with their own doctor.

The study is published in the July online edition of Radiology.