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  • Mammography is an imaging technique which allows visualization of breast tissue. Fat, glandular tissue and ductal tissue have characteristic densities and patterns.
  • Solid tumors are generally easier to see in older patients with larger amounts of fat within the breasts, but can be difficult to see in patients with “dense” breasts (young women and women with fibrocystic breasts).
  • Approximately 75% of breast cancers can be seen on mammography, with the patient’s breast characteristics being the largest determining factor.