WHAT IS DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY?
Digital Mammography is a method of obtaining high-quality digital images of breast tissue. The procedure uses X-rays that are transferred directly to a computer and do not require film, providing a more detailed image that is especially useful for evaluating dense breast tissue.
REASON FOR THE PROCEDURE
Digital Mammography is a screening tool used for the early detection of breast cancer.
For the patient, the procedure is the same as Film Mammography. The breast is compressed between 2 plates, then images are taken from different angles. However, the images produced are different. The X-ray images in Digital Mammography are converted to electric signals that provide a higher quality, more detailed digital image than can be obtained with film.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS, RISKS, AND COMPLICATIONS
Multiple exposures to X-rays can be problematic but limited intermittent exposure carries little risk.