Doctors recommend that all women have yearly mammograms beginning at age thirty five. In today’s Brazos Valley Physicians Organization Journal of Medicine report, Dr. Eric Appelt explains the differences between digital and traditional mammography.
With any mammogram, the reason you do the screening mammogram yearly is to detect a lesion when it’s small. If a lesion is small, when it’s first noticed, and a cancer is found to be very small, usually the prognosis is much better in the long run. And so if you can see a lesion earlier, then you could have a better chance for a cure.
With digital mammography, we can see smaller lesions and we feel that we can see cancers that are more subtle and not able to be well seen with the old-fashioned screen mammography.
You see some of the same things, you see some of the calcifications in the dense breast tissue, but on the digital mammogram below, you see a nice outline of the skin which you can better evaluate for cancers in this location. And that dense breast tissue that you saw on the screen film above seems to be separated out, and you can see things in there a little bit better on the digital mammography compared to the screen film mammography.
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