Screening Digital Mammography - Benefits and Risks

Benefits

  • By using computers to collect the images digitally, digital mammography cuts exam time in half, requires less development time leading to faster results, and allows your medical images to be stored safely and easily sent between radiologists or facilities for comparison.
  • Uses less doses of radiation.
  • Produces better images and has a higher sensitivity to abnormalities in the breast, allowing for a more precise diagnosis.

Risks

  • There is always a slight chance of cancer from excessive exposure to radiation.
  • False positive digital mammograms can occur which would require more testing.
  • Women should always inform their radiologist or technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.