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Mammogram Definition

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Updated January 07, 2009

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The Mammogram Procedure

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Definition: A mammogram is an x-ray taken of breast tissue. It is taken by gently compressing the breast tissue between two flat surfaces and taking an xray. Without the compression of the tissues, the image is less clear and does not provide the same level of information.

A mammogram can provide information about calcifications, masses and tumors that may be present in the breast.

For best results, powder, lotions and deoderant should not be worn the day of the test.

Pronunciation: ma'am-O-gram
Also Known As: mammography, breast test, breast x-ray,
Common Misspellings: mamogram, mammagram, mamagram,
Examples:
The patient had a mammogram yearly because her mother died of breast cancer.
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