Mammography is a specific type of breast imaging that uses low-dose x rays to detect early breast cancer (before symptoms occur) – when it is most treatable.
It can be used for screening and diagnostic tool (e.g., to evaluate changes found during screening mammogram or to view breast tissue when it is difficult to obtain a screening mammogram).
How is it done?
The mammography machine will need to compress your breast to get a clear picture; this might feel uncomfortable, but it helps us get the best picture while using as little radiation as possible. When the examination is complete, you may be asked to wait until the radiologist determines that all the necessary images have been obtained. The examination process should take about 15 minutes to 1 hour.