Digital mammography is a mammography system in which the x-ray film is replaced by solid-state detectors that convert x-rays into electrical signals. These detectors are similar to those found in digital cameras.
The electrical signals are used to produce images of the breast that can be seen on a computer screen. From the patient's point of view, having a digital mammogram is essentially the same as having a conventional film screen mammogram. Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts.
Computer-aided detection (CAD) systems use an image obtained from a digitally acquired mammogram. The computer software then searches for abnormal areas of density, mass, or calcification that may indicate the presence of cancer.
The CAD system highlights these areas on the images, alerting the radiologist to the need for further analysis.
Current equipment at Moab Regional Hospital: New Hologic Selenia full field digital mammography with R2 Cenova CAD system.