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Mammogram


A mammogram is a two-dimensional, black-and-white X-ray of the breast that is done to screen for breast cancer and to investigate lumps that can be felt during a breast exam. A mammogram can also detect tumors or abnormal areas that are too small to be felt with the hands.

A digital mammogram is done in the same way as a standard mammogram. A digital mammogram allows your doctor to view different parts of the breast without taking more images.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last RevisedFebruary 3, 2011

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