How does a mammogram work?

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murray (Current Patient) - 11 / 08 / 2010

A mammogram is an x-ray of the breasts. It is used for both breast cancer screening and diagnostic purposes.

For screening, it may detect breast cancer before it can be felt in a physical examination. Two views are usually taken for a screening mammogram.

For diagnosis, multiple views of the breast are taken to determine the size and location of the abnormality as well as learn more about the surrounding tissue and lymph nodes.

member8467 (Physician - Internal Medicine (not verified)) - 11 / 29 / 2010

What happens next if mammogram is abnormal?
If an abnormality is found, it may or may not be something that needs treatment. The next step would be another "imaging" test like an ultrasound. This is a painless test that will allow the radiologist to better understand what was seen on the mammogram. Another imaging test that is used is an MRI. If the radiologist feels that the abnormality needs further study, a biopsy may be recommended.
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