Mammography. Woman's breast being scanned by X-rays to detect abnormal lumps. The breast is flattened between an upper plastic cover and a metal X-ray plate, allowing its internal structure to be seen on a low-dose X-ray. Routine screening allows breast tumours to be detected at an early stage. Once a tumour has been located by this technique (mammography), a biopsy (tissue sample) can be taken to see whether it is cancerous.
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