During a mammogram, a low dose x-ray is directed through your breast while compressed between two plastic plates. Only the breast is exposed to the x-ray.
The images of the mammogram are recorded directly on a highly sensitive digital detector similar to, but much larger than, those found in a digital camera. When images are recorded on digital detectors rather than on old fashioned film, it is called a digital mammogram. With a digital mammogram, the images of your breast are available immediately. There is no film to be developed.
Digital mammograms use less radiation and have a higher cancer detection rate when compared to traditional film mammograms. This is especially true in younger women and in women with denser breast tissue.
This type of mammogram is for women who have no symptoms. A baseline, or starting point for comparison, is performed for women at age 40. Then it is recommended that mammograms be performed every 1 to 2 years after that. If there is a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors, your doctor may recommend a screening mammogram at a younger age.
This type of mammogram is performed when some kind of unusual or abnormal condition has been detected. This could be a lump or unusual breast condition that you may have found during your own breast self-exam, following a routine screening mammogram, as a result of something your doctor detected during your breast examination or as a result of your own breast history. These types of mammograms generally take a little longer than screening mammograms, as they often include additional special angulation or compression views.
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