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Digital Mammography

Mammograms are one of the most important tools clinicians have to help them evaluate the breast. They are also a critical tool to follow women who've had breast cancer. Although mammograms do not prevent breast cancer, they can save lives by finding breast cancer as early as possible.

What is a digital mammogram?

A mammogram is a special type of x-ray that is used to examine breast tissue and help with the diagnosis of breast cancer and other breast conditions.

In digital mammography, x-ray beams are captured on specially designed digital detectors. The digital detector converts the x-ray beams into electronic signals, which are then sent to a computer.  Our board-certified radiologists review digital mammograms on a high-resolution computer monitor.

Studies have shown digital mammography to be significantly more accurate than screen-film mammography in women with dense breast tissue and women who are premenopausal or perimenopausal.

At Atrius Health, we are pleased to offer 3D digital mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, at all of our mammography locations.

Read answers to our frequently asked questions about digital mammography.