- What is a mammogram?
- Types of mammograms
- How is a mammogram done?
- Help with mammogram costs
- Regulation of mammography
- What does the doctor look for on a mammogram?
- Breast biopsy
- Mammogram reports – BI-RADS
- Mammograms in special circumstances
- Improving mammograms
- Other breast imaging tests
- Experimental and other breast imaging methods
- To learn more
A suspicious area in the breast may be found by physical exam, mammogram, or another imaging test, or by some combination of these. But no matter of how it was found, the only way to know for sure if it’s cancer is to do a biopsy. This means a sample of cells or tissue is taken from the area and looked at under the microscope. For suspicious areas that cannot be felt (and even for some that can), imaging tests may be used to be sure the right area is biopsied. There are several types of biopsies, and it’s important for you to know which type the doctor recommends for you.
For detailed information on the types of biopsies and what you need to know, please see, For Women Facing a Breast Biopsy.
Last Medical Review: 12/17/2012
Last Revised: 02/07/2013