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mammography,

diagnostic procedure that uses low-dose X rays to detect abnormalities in the breasts. Tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, is form of mammography that combines X-ray images taken at multiple angles to produce a single three-dimensional image. The early diagnosis of breast cancerbreast cancer,
cancer that originates in the breast. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women (following lung cancer). Although the vast majority of the cases occur in women, some men also get breast cancer.
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 made possible by the routine use of mammography for screening women increases a woman's treatment alternatives and improves her chances of surviving the cancer. Mammograms can detect tumors too small to be noticed on physical examination. The recommended timing for a baseline first mammogram and subsequent mammograms varies depending on a woman's risk for breast cancer, but several medical advisory groups recommend beginning at age 40 or 45 for a woman with an average risk for breast cancer.

mammography

[ma′mäg·rə·fē]
(medicine)
Radiographic examination of the breast, performed with or without injection of the glandular ducts with a contrast medium.
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While there is controversy about the efficacy of mammograms for women in their 40s, a University of Colorado study has found that among more than 200 women diagnosed with breast cancer, those who had regular screening prior to their diagnosis were more likely to have the cancers found earlier, says study author Dr.
He notes that the American Cancer Society recommends that women in their forties get mammograms annually.
We're so proud of the many centers that are committed to improving the mammography experience and encouraging more women to comply with the recommended screening guidelines by offering a softer, more comfortable mammogram," said BioLucent President Jill Anderson.
Mammograms Are Safe - Many women put off or simply fail to have annual breast exams because they worry about the effects of the radiation.
The high-tech center offers digital mammograms, and it is one of a handful of facilities in Los Angeles with the technology.
Although I never like recommending changed behavior on the basis of one study, I can't see that women would be hurt by getting a mammogram in their first 2 weeks," says lead author Cornelia J.
The monologues program invites women to share their candid mammogram stories in an effort to help raise the comfort level surrounding the mammogram experience.
FDA inspects and certifies all places in the United States where mammograms are done.
Instead, the study found that the women in their 40s who had mammograms had the same death rate from breast cancer as those who did not have the screening.
Moreover, special features of the PACS are designed to make it easier for radiologists to more accurately interpret mammograms and identify any potential breast abnormalities.
Searching "healthy" mammograms using those tissue profiles has revealed that the technology can detect "precursor" (DCIS) tissue profiles in digital mammograms, both two-dimensional and newer 3-D images produced by tomosynthesis technology.
The procedure is safe: There is only a very tiny amount of radiation exposure from a mammogram.