Digital Mammography Technology
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.