What is Digital Mammography?
Mammography is an X-ray of the breast that is the best method of early breast cancer detection. It is designed to detect early stage breast cancer in women experiencing no symptoms and to detect and diagnose breast disease in women experiencing symptoms such as a lump, pain or nipple discharge. Digital mammography is more effective at detecting certain cancers in younger women, or in breast tissue that may be denser.
Unlike film-based mammography, the images produced by digital mammograms are available instantaneously -- no more waiting for film to develop. Digital mammography reduces the "haze" that can make it difficult to see micro-calcifications on and other subtle signs of early cancer. The need for retakes due to over- or under-exposure is also greatly reduced, saving both time and needless radiation exposure.
Finally, digital images can be easily stored, copied or transmitted without any loss of detail, eliminating the dependence on a single set of "original" films.When preparing for your mammogram:
- Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts on the day of the exam.
- Describe any breast symptoms or problems to the technologist during the exam.
- If possible, obtain prior mammograms and make them available to the radiologist at the time of the current exam.
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