Mammography: woman is screened for breast cancer

Mammography: woman is screened for breast cancer

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Caption: Breast scanning. Woman being positioned by a radiographer for a mammography examination, an X-ray technique used for the early detection of cancerous tumours of the breast. A mammogram is an ordinary, low-dose, X-ray image of the breast that shows fine details of the internal soft tissues. To obtain an image, the breast is compressed into a relatively flat plane between a plastic and metal sheet before exposing the tissue to a narrow range of X-ray wavelengths (typically 30-40 kilovolts). Small cancerous tumours detected at an early stage may sometimes be removed without resort to a mastectomy, the surgical removal of the whole breast.

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Keywords: breast, breast cancer, cancer diagnostics, diagnostic, diagnostics, equipment, healthcare, mammmography examination, mammogram, medical, medicine, radiography, screening, technique, test, x-ray, xray

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