Advances in Modern Mammogram Technology

The basis for modern mammographies as we know them today began in the 1970s. The first truly dedicated mammography imaging systems became widely available in the medical industry and have continued to advance its technology to provide a greatly improved experience over the last several decades in the effect to better to diagnose and treat disease.But what are some of the greater advances within the technology itself?X-ray mammographies make use of dedicated systems that are used to produce X-rays in high quality, low radiation dosages. The procedure of mammographies are noninvasive and helps to detect the early onset of tumors in order While the risk of radiation was a large concern in the past, modern systems are closely monitored by the Mammography Quality Standard Act (MQSA). As part of taking an X-ray of the breast, a "softer" type of X-ray is used on the soft tissue of this body in comparison to "harder" types of X-rays that are designed to penetrate the bones of the body in order to produce an image.Traditional mammograms later evolved to digital mammograms, which are more accurate than film-based mammograms. Digital mammograms make use of digital images that are viewed on a computer. Unlike film mammograms, this form of imaging can be lightened or darkened in addition to having the ability to enlarge certain sections to observe them more closely. The modernized ability to be able to control images on a computer had made digital mammography a far more accurate imaging tool than film mammographies.While digital mammographies have long been the "go to" resource for imaging breast exams, technology has again advanced to introduce 3D mammographies. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011, 3D mammographies are able to produce multiple X-ray images of the breasts from multiple angles in one-millimeter "slices" in order to create a digital 3-dimensional rendering of internal breast tissue. These slices are able to get more in depth within the breast tissue as opposed to the full thickness from the top and from the side from standard digital mammograms.3D mammographies are particularly effective in examining for women that have more dense breast tissue, or for those that are at a higher risk for developing breast cancer. As an extra benefit of the procedure, there is a greater sense of accuracy that is found within the dense breast tissue. This accuracy can lead to fewer false-positive and false negative readings, and help to reduce anxiety in patients and prevent unnecessary procedures from examining the tissue.To benefit from the many advances in mammogram technology, it is always a great idea to schedule an appointment with Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging. SDMI, with its seven convenient locations in the Las Vegas valley, works diligently to be your one-stop professional resource for mammography in Las Vegas. To schedule an appointment with Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging, contact us at (702) 732-6000 or by visiting our website at - For quality, caring healthcare service, there is only one choice to make, and that is "Only SDMI."

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