Digital Mammogram

The (full field) digital mammogram uses the same x-ray technology as conventional mammograms, but instead of using film, solid-state detectors are used to record the x-ray pattern passing through the breast. These detectors convert the x-rays that pass through them into electronic signals that are sent to a computer. These digital images can be lightened or darkened, and certain sections can be enlarged and looked at more closely. In general, this makes digital mammography the most advanced and sensitive means of assessing the breasts for possible cancers, especially in dense breasts.