Dr. Chung describes whether digital mammography or film mammography is more comfortable and if most oncologists provide digital mammography as an option to patients.
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Is Digital Mammography More Comfortable For The Patient Than Film Mammography And Do Most Oncologists Provide Digital Mammography? Dr. Alice Chung: Unfortunately, no. Both types of mammograms do require compression of the breast. There is a new type of Digital Mammography that is not FDA-approved yet and that is called Digital Tomosynthesis. That actually does not require as much compression of the breast. You still have some compression of the breast but then there’s an X-ray arc that kind of goes around the breast rather than just taking two views. Once this becomes FDA-approved, it will likely become adopted as another form of screening and it is less painful because there is less compression. Digital Mammography actually is a service that is performed by radiology departments so any oncologist who wants to get a mammogram for somebody would likely refer patients to a facility where Digital Mammography is available. But oncologists, per se themselves, don’t actually have the technology they would refer patients for Digital Mammogram.