Digital mammography is the most advanced technology available for detecting breast cancer and can significantly improve the quality and accuracy of breast cancer screenings. “Digital mammography is in high demand and we’re pleased to offer it to our patients,” said Robin Shermis, M.D., director of Breast Imaging at Bay Park Community Hospital.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, digital mammography technology is better at detecting cancer in women who are premenopausal, under 50 years old or have dense breasts. Unlike film-based mammography, digital mammography uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on the technologist’s high-resolution computer monitor electronically in a matter of seconds. The radiologist can adjust and enhance the image to detect any abnormalities in the breast, giving you the best diagnosis possible and less chance of having a re-test. Digital mammograms take less than half the time of traditional film-based exams.
Digital mammography offers a number of other practical advantages. There is no waiting for film to be developed, which can significantly reduce the time patients spend in the screening center. Digital images are easily stored and transferred electronically, eliminating the dependency on one set of original films, which can be misfiled or lost in transit.
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