A mammogram, aka mammography, is an X-ray of the breast. Mammograms are used to detect and diagnose breast disease in women who either have breast problems, such as a lump, pain, or nipple discharge, as well as for women who have no breast complaints. The procedure allows detection of breast cancer, benign tumors, and cysts before they can be detected by palpation (touch).
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.
Mammography has been used for about 30 years, and in the past 15 years technical advancements have greatly improved both the technique and results. Today, dedicated equipment, used only for breast X-rays, produces studies that are high in quality, but low in radiation dose. Radiation risks are considered to be negligible.
If a mammogram is not properly interpreted, or the results are never even reviewed by your physician, cancer and other medical conditions can advance and nullify certain treatment options. If this has happened to you, or a loved one, you may have grounds for a mammogram malpractice lawsuit or medical negligence claim. Please contact our mammogram malpractice attorneys for a free case review. Our mammography negligence lawyers charge no fees if they are unable to obtain compensation for you.