Breast Imaging

Mammography or mammogram is a type of imaging that uses low-dose X-ray to examine breast tissue. There are two types of mammograms. 

  • Screening mammography is recommended each year to examine breast tissue and check for breast abnormalities.  
  • Diagnostic mammography may be recommended to further examine an area of concern, lump, cyst or follow-up after a screening mammography. 

A new technology called Breast Tomosynthesis or 3-D Mammography can be used in a screening or diagnostic mammography. This new technology allows the radiologist to view the breast in thin "slices" rather than as a whole, which improves the detection of lesions and reduces the need for additional views of the breast.

Additional information

  • Mammography (Breast Imaging) on RadiologyInfo.org
    Information on how breast imaging procedures are performed, what you may experience and how to prepare for exams.

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