A mammogram is an x-ray examination of the breast. It is used to detect breast disease in women who either have breast problems such as a lump, pain, or nipple discharge, and for women who have no breast complaints.
Mammography cannot prove that an abnormal area is cancer, but if it raises a significant suspicion of cancer, tissue will be removed for a biopsy. Tissue may be removed by needle or open surgical biopsy and examined under a microscope to determine if it is cancer.
Medical Imaging Specialists at The Iowa Clinic Women’s Center are now using 3D mammography. Click here to learn about all of the breast imaging options available.