Frequent mammograms are an important preventative healthcare measure for women over 40. Using X-ray technology, mammography can display breast abnormalities well before they develop enough to be detected during a manual exam. Digital mammography uses a computer, rather than film, to produce the image—this method has a number of benefits, including:
Reduced Radiation Exposure
With digital mammography, images can be captured more quickly than with film mammography, so patients experience less discomfort and are exposed to less radiation per picture. In addition, the mammography technologist can immediately see how the image turned out, decreasing the need for multiple images.
Because the mammogram appears as a digital image on the computer, it can easily be analyzed with magnification, lightening, darkening, and contrast change. This helps mammography technologists more accurately determine the difference between healthy but dense breast tissue and a potentially malignant tumor—an important distinction in reducing the likelihood of dangerous false-negative and distressing false-positive results.
Digital mammography files are stored in computer databases, so they are unlikely to be misplaced and the results can easily be compared side-by-side with older images to detect slow-growing abnormalities. Should the opinion of a specialist be necessary, digital mammography files can be instantly transferred to the physician’s office as well as kept for reference by the patient’s regular healthcare provider.
WomanCare offers full-field digital mammograms that enable women to stay on top of their breast health. We also provide diagnostic procedures such as breast ultrasounds and biopsies, as well as training in breast self-examination. Should you have any concerns about your breast health or the results of a recent mammogram, call (847) 221-4700 to speak with one of our Breast Patient Navigators, who can help you determine what steps to take.