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A mammogram is a safe test used to look for any problems with a woman's breasts. The test uses a special, low-dose x-ray machine to take pictures of both breasts. The results are recorded on x-ray film or directly onto a computer for a radiologist to examine.

Mammograms allow the doctor to have a closer look for breast lumps and changes in breast tissue. They can show small lumps or growths that a doctor or woman may not be able to feel when doing a clinical breast exam. "Mammography" is the best screening tool that doctors have for finding breast cancer.

If a lump is found, your doctor may order other tests, such as ultrasound or a biopsy--a test where a small amount of tissue is taken from the lump and area around the lump. The tissue is sent to a lab to look for cancer or changes that may mean cancer is likely to develop. Breast lumps or growths can be benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer). Finding breast cancer early means that a woman has a better chance of surviving the disease. There are also more choices for treatment when breast cancer is found early.
MIT engineers create new diagnostic nanoparticle that can pinpoint tumor location

MIT engineers create new diagnostic nanoparticle that can pinpoint tumor location

Research reveals recovery of cancer screening tests and associated disparities after first pandemic peak

Research reveals recovery of cancer screening tests and associated disparities after first pandemic peak

3D-mammography reduces the number of breast cancer cases diagnosed between routine screenings

3D-mammography reduces the number of breast cancer cases diagnosed between routine screenings

Study looks at U.S. mammography screening rates during the COVID-19 pandemic

Study looks at U.S. mammography screening rates during the COVID-19 pandemic

Three-dimensional imaging is not suitable for small cancer targets

Three-dimensional imaging is not suitable for small cancer targets

Repeated attendance at mammography screening confers protection against breast cancer mortality

Repeated attendance at mammography screening confers protection against breast cancer mortality

New approach can reduce unnecessary evaluations of swollen lymph nodes after COVID-19 vaccination

New approach can reduce unnecessary evaluations of swollen lymph nodes after COVID-19 vaccination

Minority women with less education and income have lower access to 3D mammography

Minority women with less education and income have lower access to 3D mammography

Initial stages of breast cancer could be detected more accurately with new proteomics-based technology

Initial stages of breast cancer could be detected more accurately with new proteomics-based technology

New mammogram-based measures could substantially improve screening

New mammogram-based measures could substantially improve screening

Digital breast tomosynthesis offers improved cancer detection and lower false negative rates

Digital breast tomosynthesis offers improved cancer detection and lower false negative rates

Deep learning model identifies imaging biomarkers to predict breast cancer risk in women

Deep learning model identifies imaging biomarkers to predict breast cancer risk in women

AI can improve efficiency of radiologists in reading breast cancer screening mammograms

AI can improve efficiency of radiologists in reading breast cancer screening mammograms

Abbreviated MRI may be a valuable tool for supplemental screening of women with dense breasts

Abbreviated MRI may be a valuable tool for supplemental screening of women with dense breasts

Researchers recommend breast cancer screening for Black women aged 40 or below

Researchers recommend breast cancer screening for Black women aged 40 or below

Mammography screening is efficient also for women over the age of 70

Mammography screening is efficient also for women over the age of 70

Removing cost burden increases use of coronary artery calcium screening

Removing cost burden increases use of coronary artery calcium screening

Researchers aim to improve digital thermal imaging as a tool for monitoring cancer

Researchers aim to improve digital thermal imaging as a tool for monitoring cancer

AI algorithm proves to be as accurate as average radiologist in identifying breast cancer

AI algorithm proves to be as accurate as average radiologist in identifying breast cancer

Smartphones could be used to detect Type 2 diabetes

Smartphones could be used to detect Type 2 diabetes