Mammogram

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast that is done to screen for breast cancer and to investigate lumps that can be felt during a breast examination. A mammogram can also detect tumours 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. The images from a digital mammogram are stored as a computer file, while the images from a standard mammogram are stored on film. A digital mammogram allows your doctor to view different parts of the breast without taking more images. Or in some areas a digital mammogram may be combined with digital breast tomosynthesis to create a three-dimensional picture of the breast.

Digital and standard mammograms both work well to find breast cancer. But digital mammograms may work a little better for women who are age 60 or younger.

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