Digital mammography uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor and can be transmitted and stored like any computer file.
For patients, having a digital mammogram is very much like having a conventional screen-film mammogram. Both film-based and digital mammography use compression and x-rays to create clear images of the inside of the breast. But digital mammography offers us at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center a few benefits that traditional mammography does not, including the ability to manipulate images (zoom, adjust the contrast) and potentially reduce radiation exposure, as being able to adjust the image’s brightness and contrast reduces the need for retakes due to over or under exposure.
Our digital mammography technology is equipped with special computer-aided detection (CAD) software. CAD acts as a radiologist’s “second pair of eyes” when reading a mammogram. Similar to a spellchecker system on a personal computer, this technology has the potential to detect findings that might otherwise be overlooked during the review process, thus improving the opportunity for cancer detection. CAD technology is especially effective in identifying microcalcifications in the breast, some of which can indicate a malignant process.
Patients 40 and older can register for a screening mammogram without a prescription. A prescription is required for all diagnostic mammograms and for screening mammograms in patients under the age of 40.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call:
To fax your mammogram order, please send to:
1401 Medical Parkway
Cedar Park, TX 78613