Digital Mammography TechnologyTwo doctors studying mamographs

In 2008, contributors donated nearly $1 million to purchase two new digital mammography machines for the women’s imaging center. Digital mammography provides the highest quality images with amazing clarity. Benefits to patients are more detailed, higher quality images and the ability for images to be shared and compared. Generally, digital technology provides better visualization of breast tissue compared to film-screen technology. This system improves visibility of the breast, particularly near the skin line, the chest wall and in women with dense breasts. Generally, dense breast tissue is found in younger women and women undergoing hormone replacement therapy. These are two patient populations which are difficult to image with film/screen mammography. A woman's chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime is 1 in 8 and nearly 40,000 women die from breast cancer each year. Digital mammography may allow for earlier detection and therefore, better outcomes for patients.