Mammography is a low dose x-ray that examines the human breast. Mammograms are interpreted by a trained radiologist.

Mammograms are usually quick and easy to obtain. Routine mammography is recommended as a screening method to diagnose early breast cancer. Annual screening mammography should begin at age 40 and even earlier for women at high risk for breast cancer, according to recommendations from the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI). At this time, mammography along with physical examination of the breast is the preferred method for the early detection of breast cancer. Occasionally, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) and ductography are also used in conjunction with mammography.
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