The purpose of this work is to compare the mean glandular dose (MGD) displayed by the mammography system and the MGD calculated according to the method proposed by Dance for women. This study also attempts to analyse whether the relationship between the calculated and the displayed values is constant and what factors influence this relationship. Material for this study included data from 1200 exposures (i.e. six series; each series consisting of 200 exposures) performed with one full-field digital mammography unit. Based on collected parameters of exposures, values of the MGD for individual mammography examinations were calculated according to the methods proposed by Dance. Obtained values of the MGD were compared with the values displayed by the mammography system. The MGD displayed by the mammography system and the MGD calculated according to the method proposed by Dance for women are significantly different. This result emphasises the importance of verifying MGD values for patient radiation protection, particularly after machine servicing.