Mammography plays an important role in the early detection of breast cancer. A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray of the breast that is used to detect many breast changes too small or too deep to feel.
Screening mammography can assist in the early detection of breast cancer, even before your health care provider can see or feel changes in the breast.
The American Cancer Society, American Medical Association, American College of Radiology, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend annual screening mammography for women age 40 and older. On occasion, a health care provider may recommend that a woman younger than 40 obtain a mammogram.
Diagnostic mammography is used to evaluate a lump or other symptom noted by you or your doctor. It is also used to further evaluate an abnormality noted on a screening mammogram.
Providence Imaging Center employs a nurse to answer questions about mammography. She can be reached at (907) 212-3607 Monday through Friday.