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MAMMOGRAPHY

Breast Imaging-Patient Preparation and Instructions

Biopsy

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Mammography

Patient should not wear any perfume, powder or deodorant in the underarm or breast area on the day of the exam. 

What is Breast Density?

Breast density is a measure used to describe the proportion of the different tissues that make up a woman's breasts.  Breast density compares the area of breast and connective tissue seen on a mammogram to the area of fat.  Breast and connective tissue are denser then fat and this difference shows up on a mammogram

  • High breast density means there is a greater amount of breast and connective tissue compared to fat.
  • Lower breast density means there is a greater amount of fat compared to breast and connective tissue.

When our board certified radiologists examines your mammogram, he or she may conclude that you have dense breasts and may suggest other types of breast screening.1

Learn more about breast density from the California Breast Density Information Group (CBDIG).

1 As described on the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure web site.