As the director of radiology at the hospital, I am often asked by people in our community about the difference between digital and traditional mammography.
As the director of radiology at the hospital, I am often asked by people in our community about the difference between digital and traditional mammography. I try to compare it to digital photography. If you remember your first point-and-shoot Kodak camera, you have a pretty good starting point.
With older technology, the clarity of the image was simply not as good. The number of pixels in modern digital cameras gives pictures a much clearer, sharper image. One of the other differences is that with old technology, the image you took was the image you got. With digital mammography — as with digital photography — images can be enhanced, magnified and rotated in order to get the best picture possible.
Does your digital camera have a 'red-eye alert' or a pop up message that says “Did somebody blink?” Because the digital mammogram runs on similar technology and is computer-aided, it is also programmed to highlight areas where something unusual may exist in the image and point it out to the radiologist.
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