At OB-GYN Associates, we take breast health very seriously. Early detection of breast cancer is the key to making sure you live a long and happy life, and regular mammograms are the first step. Mammography is a diagnostic and a screening tool that uses low-energy-x-rays to examine the breast tissue. The goal of mammography is the early detection of breast cancer, typically through the identification of characteristic masses and/or microcalcifications. It's important for women from the ages of 50 and 74 to have a mammogram annually.