What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is an imaging technique that uses low-energy x-rays to examine each breast for possible cancer. The breast is placed on a level surface of the mammogram machine and briefly squeezed between two paddles for a few seconds. Some discomfort or pain may be experienced.
How long does the mammogram take?
Typically the mammogram takes 15 minutes or so.
What does a mammogram show?
Mammograms can show benign scarring, calcifications or masses suggestive of cancer.
How much does a mammogram cost?
A mammogram can cost from under $100 to costing several hundred dollars. Usually you will pay a lot more if you use your health insurance plan to pay for the mammogram or have it done in a hospital.
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