Interpreting physicians are required by law to send every patient who receives a mammogram a report written in terms easily understood by a lay person. Failure to comply with this reporting requirement will result in a citation by the FDA. Failure to comply with this reporting requirement will result in a citation by FDA inspectors. The lay letter need only be a summary. It must be a written summary, however; a phone call or verbal communication are not sufficient.
Mammography uses X-rays to create images of the breast. These images are called mammograms. Learn more about mammograms. Learn about getting a mammogram. Like other X-ray images, mammograms appear in shades of black, gray and white, depending on the density of the tissue see images below.