Mammography is a dedicated radiographic
technique for imaging the breast, and the resultant
images are known as mammograms.
In general terms, there are
two types of mammography: screening and diagnostic.
significantly in many respects from the rest of diagnostic imaging.
terms, screening mammography is performed on asymptomatic women to
identify malignant breast pathology at an early, potentially curable stage.
Imaging performed on symptomatic patients, or to work-up an abnormality found on screening mammography. The objective is to use imaging to typify pathology and arrive at a diagnosis.