Dr. Jay Harness explains which is more important, a digital mammogram or an analog mammogram.
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Is it more important to get a digital mammogram or an analog mammogram? Yeah, I think it is. We know from national studies that digital mammography works the best and is better than the older analog routine mammograms we've done for years in younger women and women with more dense breasts. So, if a woman is under age 50, probably needs digital mammography, she has been on hormone replacement therapy and the breasts are denser, needs I am sure a digital mammography, so that is the advantage. Also the advantage of digital mammography is that the radiologist on the computer can really focus in on an area, enhance it, change the contrast settings, do a variety of things. So, I am a huge fan of digital mammography, and as I said a moment ago, digital mammography, jokingly if you will, is high def TV of the breast, and when patients see their older analog mammograms with their new digital, they are startled. They say, “Wow, is that ever great."