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Breast screening (mammography)

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A mammogram is a special X-ray that looks for breast cancer. A mammogram can be done when you have no symptoms (this is called screening), or to investigate lumps or other symptoms.

In some situations your doctor may recommend an ultrasound test instead of, or as well as, a mammogram. A different type of test called thermography is not recommended for breast screening or to investigate breast symptoms.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director, Radiology, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed June 2016.

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