Digital Mammography

Digital mammography with CAD (COMPUTER AIDED DETECTION) is a technique for recording x-ray images in computer code instead of on x-ray film, as with analog mammography. The images are displayed on a computer monitor for the radiologist to review and can be enhanced – lightened or darkened. Images can also be manipulated; the radiologist (a doctor specializing in interpreting pictures of areas inside the body) can magnify or zoom in on an area. Positioning for a digital mammogram is the same as for conventional mammography.

Digital mammography has some advantages over conventional mammography. The images can be stored and retrieved electronically, which makes long-distance consultations with other mammography facilities easier. Because the images can be adjusted by the radiologist, subtle differences between tissues may be noted. The improved accuracy of digital mammography may reduce the number of follow-up procedures.


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