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Mammography at the Magee-Womens Breast Cancer Program

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About Mammography

Mammography is an imaging procedure that uses low-energy x-rays to examine the breast.

It's one of the best tools to screen for or detect breast cancer and other abnormalities.

Because mammography produces such high-quality images of the breast, it can show cancer that may be too small for you or your doctor to feel.

The imaging experts at the Magee-Womens Breast Cancer Program use computer-aided detection (CAD) to assist in interpreting mammography images. The software is specifically designed to identify abnormal masses or distortions in the breast and is a valuable aid in the early detection of breast cancer.

What is the Difference Between Screening and Diagnostic Mammograms?

A screening mammogram is performed if you have no symptoms of breast disease.

View screening recommendations for women without symptoms or a family history of breast cancer.

A diagnostic mammogram is performed if you have:

  • Signs or symptoms of breast problems, including:
    • Lumps
    • Pain
    • A change in skin color or texture
    • A change in size or shape of the breast
    • Nipple discharge or inversion
  • A personal history of breast cancer
  • A personal history of benign breast disease diagnosed by a biopsy, or a previous suspicious breast mass or lump
  • Large, augmented, or implanted breasts that are difficult to examine