Digital mammography takes an electronic image of the breast and stores it directly in a computer, allowing the recorded data to be enhanced, magnified or optimized for further evaluation. A recent government study determined that digital mammograms are better than traditional film methods in detecting breast cancer in women who are premenopausal, younger than 50 or who have dense breast tissue.
Digital mammograms offer significant advantages. Images are available immediately, and can be enhanced, stored digitally and transmitted instantaneously to a physician’s office or other facilities. These images are more detailed and can be acquired more quickly, reducing testing time.
3D mammography is advanced technology that takes multiple images of breast tissue to recreate a 3-dimensional picture of the breast. These images of breast tissue give doctors a clearer image of breast masses. It makes it easier to detect breast cancer.
A 3D mammogram releases the same amount of radiation as a traditional mammogram. It is of no greater risk to the patient.