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Mammograms & Ultrasounds - Diagnostic Screenings

Mammograms and ultrasounds, preparing for, what to expect, what about results, what age to start, how often, keeping good records.

Mammograms - Breast Cancer Screening and Early Detection
The American Cancer Society recommends that women have an annual mammogram, starting at age 40, to screen for breast cancer. Mammograms can detect many other features than breast cancer, and 80% of all breast masses are benign. Learn more about mammograms here.

Breast Health: Mammograms, Clinical Exams and Self-Exams
You have three important ways to maintain breast health and monitor changes: Mammograms, clinical exams, and breast self-exams. Knowing how and when you need to use them makes these tools more effective.

Having a Mammogram
You can prepare for a mammogram by keeping good medical records, dressing right, staying calm, and knowing what to expect. Here's what to expect and how to get ready.

Mammogram Views for Routine and Diagnostic Screening
A mammogram is the most important screening tool for breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that women 40 years old and over have an annual mammogram. What are the most common views taken during a routine mammogram? Why is more than one view needed? How does that compression help with the image? Read more to find out why you...

Understanding Your Mammogram Report
Understanding your mammogram report is important, whether it says “no sign of cancer” or it indicates that changes have occurred which need follow-up. Your mammogram report will have several kinds of information on it, much of it expressed in medical terms. Discuss your results with your doctor to make sure you understand what it means for your breast health.

Mammogram Markers - Getting a Clearer Picture
Mammogram markers can cut down on additional views and callbacks. These pinpoint known features in the breast.

Mammogram Images, Descriptions and Details
Mammogram Images, Descriptions and Details - What shows up on your mammogram, and what does it look like? See what benign and malignant masses look like on a mammogram. Learn why mammograms help with early detection and screening for breast cancer.

Breast Calcifications On Your Mammogram
Calcifications are one feature that can show up on your mammogram. They are not breast cancer, and they don't always mean trouble. Find out what the two kinds of calcifications are and what they mean for you.

Breast Cysts
Breast cysts are very common in perimonopausal women and are not usually associated with breast cancer, but they can show up on your mammogram. Read about cysts and what they mean for you.

Breast Fibroadenomas
Fibroadenomas are one of the findings that can be seen on your mammogram. They are benign (not cancerous) breast tumors that are made of glandular and fibrous breast tissue. Read more to find out what you should do, if you think you have one.

Breast Hematomas
Breast hematomas are usually benign, but can look like tumors on a mammogram. Here's what you need to know if a hematoma shows up on your mammogram.

Pseudolumps: Other Benign Breast Lumps
Most benign (non-cancerous) breast lumps are cysts or fibroadenomas. But what if you have an unexplained breast lump? It could be due to scar tissue, radiation, compressed tissue, or old silicone. These kinds of lumps are sometimes called pseudolumps. Learn more about breast pseudolumps.

Breast Cancer Tumors: What Are They?
If a dense white mass with an irregular outline appears on your mammogram, it may be a malignant tumor. Read more to find out what a tumor feels like, and how to get it tested for an accurate diagnosis.

Mammography and Breast MRIs Compared
Mammograms and Breast MRIs (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) are diagnostic screening tests. These imaging systems are used for screening and detecting breast conditions, including breast cancer. Would you benefit from either of these tests?

Mammograms – Benefits, Drawbacks, and Myths
Your annual screening mammogram comes with some discomfort, but also gives you medical benefits. Learn about the benefits, drawbacks, and some myths about mammograms.

Stereoscopic Digital Mammograms – Three-Dimensional Breast …
Stereoscopic digital mammography (SDM) uses a pair of digital mammograms, taken from slightly different angles, to create a three-dimensional image of the internal structure of each breast. The resulting stereo image reveals more detail within the breast tissue than a standard two-dimensional mammogram, so much so that this method may reduce false positives by half.

Digital Mammography Compares Well With Film Mammography
Digital mammography compares well with film mammography -- both use x-rays to take images of your breast. This is an effective way to screen for breast cancer. Women who are under 50, premenopausal, and have dense breast tissue will benefit the most from digital mammograms.

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