It is essential that you have such routine examination of the breasts so that breast cancer would be detected early in case you have it. Early diagnosis would help you get the right intervention better in order to prevent it from becoming more serious. It is really essential that you would have such digital mammography service each year. These are among the advantages that you must know.
You have to know that mammogram is just actually an X-ray photograph of the breast and this would work in such principle that is similar as a chest X-ray. The breast tissue is actually compressed between two plates and there is an X-ray picture being taken. The doctors are going to look at the X-ray and they would then determine if there are abnormalities in the picture. You should know that breast cancer usually appears in the form of calcifications, abnormal densities and architectural distortions.
Because the mammogram would make use of X-rays, there can be slight risk that is associated with such exposure to radiation in women who have mammograms. But, the amount of the radiation that is associated with the mammogram examination is quite small and this is also strictly controlled by those regulatory agencies. There are such strict regulations that are enforced by the agency to ensure that mammography equipment is quite safe and uses the lowest dose of radiation possible. The dose of the radiation which is used by modern mammogram machines doesn’t really increase such risk for breast cancer.
Breast centers are actually providing digital mammography services these days. What is quite fantastic with this is that this is fast and one may also manipulate such digital image too. The digital mammogram actually differs from film mammogram that makes use of a special detector to get as well as convert that x-ray energy into such digital image. This kind of procedure as well as the appearance of the machine and also the images produced are quite the same to traditional film mammogram. The benefit comes from the capacity to manipulate such image.
You also have to understand the other practical benefits and conveniences that digital mammography services would offer you such as not having to wait for the film to be developed because you will be able to see the digital images at once. Such technologist can evaluate the quality of those images taken. What this means is that the patients will be spending less time inside the exam room and would rarely need to return for repeat images as a result of under or over exposures. What you also have to know about this digital machine is that this is quite fast and the patients would certainly spend less time in that uncomfortable position they are doing.