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About Digital Mammograms

Mammograms are radiologic images of the breasts, created by low-dosage x-rays. These images may reveal breast changes before a woman or her doctor is able to feel or see them. When changes indicating cancer are detected by mammography, treatment may begin sooner and chances for success are better.

Because we are committed to providing early detection of breast cancer, Abington – Jefferson Health uses only digital mammography at the Mary T. Sachs Breast Center and at the other locations where we offer mammograms (Abington Health Center – Blue Bell, Abington Health Center – Warminster, Abington – Lansdale Hospital and Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health). The advancements of digital mammography help us achieve the most accurate screenings and diagnoses.

Digital mammograms differ from conventional (film) mammograms in several important ways:

  • Conventional mammograms store breast x-rays on film. Digital mammography creates a digital picture that is reviewed and stored on a computer. 
    • Radiologists can magnify, enhance or adjust the digital mammogram image for greater clarity.
  • Computer-aided detection (CAD), a sophisticated software program, improves mammogram readings.
    • Differences in abnormal tissue that might not be noted on film can be identified on a digital mammogram.
  • Digital mammograms are better able to pick up changes in women with dense breasts.
    • Breasts are considered dense when they have more connective and glandular tissue and less fat. Women of all ages may have dense breasts.
  • Abnormalities are harder to see on mammograms of dense breast tissue.
    • High breast density increases the risk of breast cancer.
    • Research has shown that digital mammograms are more sensitive and accurate for women with dense breasts.

The procedure for having a digital mammogram is the same as for a conventional mammogram. Our breast imaging services are offered in comforting surroundings, with warm and caring technologists and radiologists. These professionals are happy to answer your questions and ease any concerns you may have.

Find out how to prepare for your mammogram and what to do to schedule an appointment.

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