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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