Uses x-rays to detect small nodules or calcium micro deposits (called micro calcifications) in the breast.

Nodules and microcalcifications can be (or not) a sign of cancer, so if they are detected the breast needs to go through more conclusive exams, including a biopsy.

Mammograms are easy and non-invasive, and as result are the tests recommended to use in population screenings of women between 49 and 69 years of age.


  • Cannot be used in younger women - mammograms do not have enough resolution to analyze dense breasts (those with abundant glandular tissue and little fat) which are typical of women at fertile ages.  
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