A New Way to Beat Breast Cancer
Breast cancer will affect an average of 1 in 8 women at some point in their lifetime. It is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in women. Numerous studies have proven that early detection is a vital component in the successful treatment of breast cancer. Now, Emory-Adventist Hospital has digital mammography, advancing the fight against breast cancer.
From a patient’s point of view, having a digital mammogram is very much like having a conventional screen-film mammogram. During all mammography exams, the technologist positions the patient to get images of the breast from different angles, compressing the breast with a paddle to obtain optimal image quality. Unlike film-based mammography, however, digital mammograms produce images that appear on the technologist’s monitor in a matter of seconds. There is no waiting for film to develop, which can mean a shorter time spent in the breast-imaging suite.
From a radiologist’s perspective, viewing digital images allows you to see things much more clearly. The comparison is very similar to the difference between viewing pictures from a digital camera and a traditional film camera. With a digital mammogram, the image’s brightness and darkness can be adjusted, and sections of the image can be magnified. This makes it easier for radiologists to see subtle differences in the breast.
Additionally, if you’re a woman with dense breast tissue, or haven’t gone through menopause, or are younger than 50, studies show that digital mammograms may be better than conventional film mammograms for detecting early breast cancer. Digital mammography is here to stay, and it saves lives.
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