A standard screening mammogram includes CC and MLO views of each breast.
Other views are used to evaluate abnormalities or possible abnormalities seen on mammograms.
Other angles of rotation from 0 degrees (CC) to 90 degrees (ML or LM)
Mediolateral (ML) and Lateromedial (LM): lesion is best seen when closer to receptor plate, and ML versus LM is chosen accordingly
Magnification views (Mag): small area or whole breast. Increases fine detail but is more susceptible to motion. Obtained by increasing distance from breast to receptor plate. Use for visualizing calcifications and margins of small masses.
Focal (cone) compression: small paddle used to compress overlying tissue away from area of interest
Rolled views: the top of the breast is rolled relative to the bottom to spread out the tissues and provide localization for images only seen in one plane.
Extended CC view (XCC): to see axillary or far lateral tissue
Tangential views: put the skin or an abnormality in tangential to the xray beam to aid localization - e.g. of skin calcifications
Cleavage views: used for assessing medial abnormalities