Fandom

House Wiki

Mammogram

6,718pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Talk0 Share

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.

Mammo breast cancer

Two mammograms - normal on left and one showing cancer on right - Courtesty NIH via Wikipedia

A mammogram is a specialized type of x-ray equipment designed to take x-rays of the female breasts in order to diagnose breast cancer. It consists of two horizontal plates, adjustable for height, one of which emits x-rays and the other which contains the x-ray film.

Traditional x-ray equipment is designed to project the rays through the entire width of the body. This requires a higher dose of radiation than a mammogram, which only needs enough x-rays to penetrate the breast instead of the thorax.

However, a mammogram is much more uncomfortable for the patient. A traditional x-ray merely requires that the patient lay down on the table. In a mammogram, the breasts literally have to be squeezed between the two plates, requiring a fair amount of pressure to hold them in place during the exposure.

In Airborne, the patient was given a mammogram to attempt to confirm breast cancer as the diagnosis.

Mammography at Wikipedia

Also on Fandom

Random Wiki