Breast Cancer – Diagnostics – Mammography
Mammography is a special X-ray examination of the breast.
The advantage: Mammography can detect small early-stage tumors that cannot be felt by touch.
In many countries, mammography is a part of their national cancer screening programs. During a mammography screening, the breast is positioned between the X-ray tube and a detector. While the image is being taken, the breast is, for a short while, carefully pushed down with a compression plate.
Many women find this pressure unpleasant and sometimes even painful. It is, however, necessary in order to get a conclusive image with the right level of quality, and it is reduced to an individually calculated minimum. Compression also lowers the exposure to radiation.