Benefits of Digital Mammography
Unlike other parts of the body, the breast is composed mainly of soft tissue. The composition of the breast makes compression necessary.
With digital mammography, the radiologist reviews electronic images of the breast, using special high-resolution monitors. The physician can adjust the brightness, change contrast, and zoom in for close-ups of specific areas of interest. Being able to manipulate images is one of the main benefits of digital technology.
Digital images can also be easily stored, copied without any loss of information, and transmitted and received in a more streamlined manner, eliminating dependence on only one set of "original" films.
A Computer Aided Detection (CAD) system is implemented after the interpretation by Dr. Strand. This is a software program that may mark an area or areas of interest on the digital image. This gives Dr. Strand an importunity to review the images again.