I was also injured in a mammagram, right after the radiologist told me, "Don't worry, it is perfectly safe." She made a mistake in the first picture, didn't go far enough back, so positioned me with my armpit over the thing and then clamped down on it. My movements have been severely restricted for two years, I can no longer do physical work in our construction company, I wake up every night in pain, and have difficulty doing simple household chores, it even hurts to type this.
The insurance company that required me to get that test to qualify moved the effective date up, after they found out I was hurt, so they wouldn't have to cover it. I didn't sue, because it's the only hospital within two hours distance and I am worried that if someone in my family needed emergency care, they wouldn't be treated properly. After the hospital found out what happened, they apologized and then billed me for it.
NO women's health awareness group has ever stated the risks involved, they hide it from women while telling them to get these tests every year, even if they are not at risk and I had no symptoms or family history. I never heard of hiding risks of medical tests from patients before, let alone lying about the safety of them. Something is really wrong with this picture and that comment about the lawyers is false, they can look at the mammogram pictures to prove your mother was not positioned properly. It is obvious in mine.
I am not encouraging anyone to go without a mammogram, but we have a right to know what's involved and make informed decisions based on our own risk factors and potential dangers of the tests. These are OUR bodies, not the government's, the insurance agencies', the self appointed spokespeople for our causes, or the people who make money off us. I think they believe they can just get away with it, because we are women and it's a scary disease, they don't do this to men.