Mammography at the Magee-Womens Breast Cancer Program
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:
- 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