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A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast that is used to look for and evaluate changes in the breast. A screening mammogram is performed when a patient is not experiencing any breast symptoms. A diagnostic mammogram is performed after a lump, or other abnormality
is found. Breast abnormalities may include lumps, nipple discharge, pain, and skin or nipple changes.
A mammogram is performed by compressing the breast between two plates to thin it out and keep it from moving during the x-ray. This prevents the x-rays from being blurry and also reduces x-ray exposure.
Two or more images are taken of each breast. While this process can be uncomfortable, and sometimes painful, it is necessary in producing the best images and only lasts for a moment. The mammography images are then evaluated by a doctor specially trained
in diagnosing diseases of the breast. The images are also processed with a computer-aided detection program (CAD) designed to point out areas for the doctor to examine more closely.
If a screening mammogram is found to be abnormal, a diagnostic mammogram is performed with specialized images to magnify or compress the area to evaluate it more completely.
Mammography is recommended on a yearly basis by the American College of Radiology for all women beginning at the age of 40. Women who are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer may begin having mammograms at an earlier age as recommended by their
When used in conjunction with monthly self breast exams, mammography can detect up to (number) percentage of all cancers.
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