Video Description: Digital mammography represents the final element in a fully integrated digital Radiology department.
In such an environment the radiologist can bring to bear for any given case, multiple sources of information, such as a patient history, her risk profiles and any other test that she may have had for example breast ultrasound, breast MRI.
Digital mammography, just like your digital camera, is of added value because the images can be processed in such a manner so that certain areas that deserve more attention can be magnified and better evaluated than the old fixed system of film screen mammography. It also allows for advanced new applications in the future.
Of paramount importance, however, is the individual who is interpreting the examination, because it is the experience and expertise of the radiologist that takes advantage of any type of technology to arrive at a proper diagnosis.
When you combine advanced technology with the kind of interpretation that can be found at the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, you offer a woman the best opportunity for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer, as well as the reassurance for normal women that they will be followed on a periodic basis, carefully and deliberately, without necessarily resorting to unnecessary biopsies.