Digital Mammograms Make Diagnosing Easier

Radiologist, Dr. Donald Hulnick says, "Our patients are very excited about this. There's been a lot of publicity in the news media about digital mammography and the advantages that it confers and patients are asking about it."
Going digital means there will be no more posting pieces of film to light boxes, and the information travels electronically.

Doctors can easily access the images from their office computers but best of all, this technology is saving lives.

"There has clearly been a documented improvement in breast cancer survival in the past fifteen years and a good part of that has to do with advances in mammography,” says Hulnick.

The software helps doctors more accurately diagnose breast cancer in women over age 50, women near menopause, and women who have dense tissue.

The computer can even magnify the image to offer a better look.

Sylvia Arena heard about the new technology and could not wait to try it and she says there is less pushing and prodding.

Arena says, "It doesn't take very long maybe 5 or 10 minutes. Sometimes it's really, very uncomfortable, but it wasn't today."

Dr. Hulnick says the only downside is that digital is more expensive but when you consider it is saving lives, many would argue it is well worth the cost.


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