Digital mammography helps with early detection - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Digital mammography helps with early detection

Posted:
Image on the left is digital mammography. Image on the right is traditional mammography. Photo courtesy: Allen Hospital Image on the left is digital mammography. Image on the right is traditional mammography. Photo courtesy: Allen Hospital

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Digital mammography gives faster and clearer results and doctors say it's another tool to help with the early detection of breast cancer.

Patients going in for a mammogram will see little difference between traditional and digital mammography. But, the results come in faster because film doesn't need to be developed and the image is clearer.

Doctors can zoom in on areas and have a clearer image. Doctors can also use a computer to scan the image for anything suspicious that the human eye could miss.

Digital mammography is also more effective on younger breast tissue. For women under the age of 40, the breast tissue is more dense and there isn't always a clear image with traditional mammography. Women at a high risk for breast cancer may want to get mammograms earlier than the recommended age of 40 and digital mammography will give a clearer image.

Allen Hospital was the first in the Cedar Valley to offer digital mammography, but Covenant will be adding it within the next few months.

Click on the video icon to watch an interview with Wendy Foote, a mammographer at Allen Hospital.

Powered by Frankly