What is a mammogram? A mammogram is an X-ray test that produces an image of the inner breast tissue. This technique, called mammography, is used to visualize normal and abnormal structures within the breasts. Mammography can help identify cysts, calcifications, and tumors within the breast. It is currently the most efficient screening method for the early detection of breast cancer. Breast self-examination (BSE) on a monthly basis and examination by a doctor are still important, but physical examinations typically find breast cancers when they are much larger than those detected by mammography.
Mammography can be used to discover a small cancer in a curable stage; however, it is not foolproof. It is essential for a woman to perform a monthly breast self-examination and have a breast examination by her doctor in addition to her mammogram in order to most effectively screen for breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society recommends that a woman obtain her first baseline mammogram at the age of 40. After that, she should receive a yearly mammogram. Women who are at high risk for developing breast cancer may need to obtain mammograms earlier than these recommendations and at more frequent intervals. Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance companies generally cover the cost of mammography.
The following scans are available at our Elizabethton office:
Diagnostic Mammogram | Screening Mammogram