A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray of the breast. It can detect a breast lump nearly two years before it can be felt. Screening mammograms evaluate breast health in women with no symptoms, and are used for those who seek routine breast evaluation. Mammograms can detect cancers that are much smaller than those that can be found by clinical breast exams or by breast self-exams. This provides a big advantage, because the earlier a breast tumor is discovered, the better the chances are of treating it successfully.
A state-of-the-art mammography machine at Vernon Memorial Healthcare makes the screening comfortable for the patient. VMH mammography technicians perform on average 159 mammograms per month.