About Mammograms

1) What is a mammogram? A mammogram is a specialized radiograph (X-ray) of the breast. A mammography machine delivers a very low-dose X ray to the breast. In traditional film mammography, the image is developed on a film. In digital mammography (akin to digital photography), the image is available for viewing on a computer. A breast radiologist then interprets these images and makes a report with recommendations. 2) Why get a mammogram? Mammograms can find breast cancers that are too small to be detected by touch or feel. Cancers missed on self-exam by patients and clinical exams by physicians, can be seen as masses or calcifications (spots of calcium)on a mammogram. Women often ask ,“How d

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