News | April 17, 2008

Radiologists Seek Reassurance in Transition to Digital Mammograms

April 18, 2008 – A growing amount of women undergoing breast cancer screenings are recalled for more testing while radiologists learn to interpret new mammograms, transitioning from traditional X-ray test, said the New York Times.

Two years ago, 10 percent of mammography clinics had at least one digital machine, jumping to 32 percent in current clinics.

Some radiologists report that digital mammograms allow the magnifier contrast and magnification to view things that were missed in traditional X-rays, but recognizing it takes time to learn new technology. Radiologists often have had trouble telling the differences between digital and film mammograms, and some radiologists may need reassurance by requesting additional X-rays, ultrasound exams or biopsies for women who end up not having breast cancer, said New York Times.

According to the Times, more radiologists are requesting digital mammography machines because the technology is better at finding tumors in women with dense breast tissue.

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