According to national statistics, one in eight women in the United States
will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time in their lives. At Coshocton
Hospital, we’re dedicated to giving you access to the technology
– Full Field Digital Mammography – that can provide early
and accurate diagnosis to help give you the best options for recovery.
Mammograms work by sending X-rays through the breast tissue to obtain images
and spot abnormalities. Early mammography recorded these results on film,
but today’s digital technologies enable images to be analyzed and
stored on a computer. A digital mammography works much like the way a
digital camera takes and stores pictures. It uses essentially the same
mammography system as a conventional mammogram, but the system is equipped
with a digital receptor instead of a film cassette.
Why Digital Mammography?
With digital mammography, the magnification, orientation, brightness and
contrast of the image may be altered after the exam, allowing the radiologist
to focus on certain areas more clearly. It has been found to be the most
accurate type of mammogram in women under 50, women with dense breasts,
and women who have not yet gone through menopause, or have been in menopause
less than a year.
Digital mammograms offer many potential benefits, including:
- Enhanced interpretation – Traditional film mammograms lack the clarity
of digital mammography and can be extremely difficult for radiologists
to pinpoint small abnormalities. Because digital mammograms are stored
electronically, they can also be analyzed by a computer function that
registers abnormalities often too small for the human eye. The radiologist
can use this tool to further evaluate an area that may have been overlooked
with standard mammography.
- Image manipulation capabilities – Digital images can be enlarged
or the image sharpened for better clarity and visibility. The contrast
of images can even be changed where necessary to provide a clearer picture.
- Lower average radiation dosage – Digital mammograms use approximately
25 percent less radiation than film mammograms.
- Easier second opinions – because digital mammograms are stored in
computers, they can easily be sent to other health care professionals
- Easier to store – Digital mammogram results are stored on computers
for ease of access and retrieval, instead of the bulky film sets traditionally stored.
- Faster image acquisition – with digital mammography it takes less
than a minute for the images to appear on the computer screen.
- Shorter exam time- digital mammography exams take about half the time of
If you’re scheduled for a digital mammogram, please
click here for detailed information about the exam and specifics about how to prepare. If you have further questions, our
radiology staff would be happy to speak to you. Please call us at (740) 623-4132.