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Mammography is a type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system and high-contrast, high-resolution film for examination of the breasts.

It is recommended by various health organizations that women over the age of 50 have an annual mammogram to screen for early breast cancer.

Many doctors also recommend the same for women in the 40 to 50 age groups as well. Under the age of 40, breast tissue tends to be very dense, and difficult to image with the mammogram. A mammogram can detect abnormalities so subtle that they cannot be found by breast self-examination.

The mammogram machine has a paddle-like device that compresses or squeezes your breast into something that resembles a pancake or a flat object. At maximal compression the technologist activates the x-ray tube and takes the mammogram picture. After the x-ray is taken compression is released. Usually two views are taken of each breast.

The mammogram can show tiny microcalcifications, which can indicate early breast cancer. Advanced Diagnostic Imaging is certified by the American College of Radiology to perform mammography.

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