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Digital Mammography in McAllen, TX

A digital mammogram is kind of like your digital camera, the difference between the old film of cameras and a digital camera. So the difference is that we can see the image right away rather than having a piece of film that we have to run through a processor to look at and just like your digital camera we can look at the digital image on a screen and change how light or dark it is, where as a film you can't really change that, you have what you have.

So that's the main differences. Digital mammograms tend to be higher in contrast. We know that digital mammograms are better for women who have dense breast tissue, are under the age of 50, or are pre-menopausal. Digital mammography is a little bit more sensitive than film-screen mammography.

Once your mammogram images are in the computer, your radiologist can view them on a monitor, much as you would look at digital photos. On the computer, your radiologist can closely examine the images by zooming in, adjusting the image brightness, or changing the contrast, making all areas of the breast easier to see. If your doctor wants to consult a breast specialist about your mammograms, the digital image files can be electronically sent to other sites for examination (telemammography).

Computer-aided detection and diagnosis (CAD) can be used on the digital images to help your doctor analyze the overall images, and flag areas that need closer study. CAD can find tumors that a radiologist might not spot. Once a CAD analysis has been done, a radiologist will do a visual check of those areas, and based on training and experience, decide how serious the mass may actually be.