Digital mammography is different from conventional mammography in how the image of the breast is viewed and manipulated. Instead of using film to capture and record the image, it uses a special detector to capture and convert x-ray energy into a digital image. It allows the radiologist to:
- Magnify the images.
- Increase or decrease the contrast.
- Invert the black and white values while reading the images.
- Focus on areas of concern.
Digital mammography feels identical to conventional screening from a patient’s perspective, but allows shorter exam times.