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What is Digital Mammography?

Early detection is on your side
Every day we learn more about breast cancer and how to win the battle. One fact is very clear
– the distinct advantage of early detection. Fortunately, breast cancer is highly detectable through digital mammography screening. If breast cancer is detected early, before it spreads, 98 percent of the women will be alive five years later. The earlier it’s discovered, the earlier it’s treated, the better your chance of survival.

Why the switch to digital?
Digital mammography was developed for many important reasons. A digital system transfers images to a computer so they can be electronically enhanced. Your doctor can zoom in, magnify and optimize different parts of the breast tissue using just four standard pictures. And special software allows your doctor to view the entire breast on one image.

How do digital mammograms differ from conventional film?
The steps involved from your perspective will be very similar. How the images are captured and what healthcare providers can do with them sets digital apart. Digital mammograms allow your doctor to focus in on the areas of concern, which enhance readability and interpretation of the image. Digital also allows the images to be stored and transferred throughout the care network.

I’ve heard that digital mammography is better for patients who have dense breasts. What is the difference between dense and fatty breasts?
Your breast contains varying amounts of glandular (dense) tissue and fatty tissue. The more glandular tissue, the denser the breast. Digital mammography is better for imaging dense breast tissue than a traditional film method.


Wondering what your doctor will be reviewing? Click below on a thumbnail to view an actual Digital Mammography scan.