What Is Mammography? - Definition & History


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Who was credited with discovering x-rays?

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1. Which surgeon began using x-rays to study specimens of breast tissue?

2. What is a mammogram?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Mammography is a procedure to assess breast tissue and uncover abnormalities, and the worksheet and quiz combination can help evaluate your understanding of mammography. The questions will quiz you on the history of mammography and the technological advancements in the field.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In the quiz, you will be assessed on these concepts:

  • Definition of mammogram
  • Recent advancement in mammography to detect the earliest stages of cancer
  • Physicist who invented x-rays
  • Act that ensures women in the United States have access to mammograms
  • Surgeon who began using x-rays to study specimens of breast tissue

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet enable you to use the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about mammography from the related lesson
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the history of x-rays to see how mammography was invented
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the various mammography machines that are used to screen for breast cancer

Additional Learning

Check out the accompanying lesson entitled What Is Mammography? - Definition & History to learn more about mammograms. The following objectives are met in the lesson:

  • Define mammography and describe how it can be used to screen for breast cancer
  • Know the history of the invention of the mammogram
  • Understand why the first compression mammography machine was an improvement over previous machines
  • Know the role of the American Cancer Society in preventing breast cancer