• Digital Mammography

  • Digital Mammography

    The Center for Women's Imaging is proud to be an American College of Radiology Accredited Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. A breast imaging center of excellence achieves accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

    The American Cancer Society recommends women, age 40 and older, have a screening mammogram every year. While mammograms can miss some cancers, they are still a very good way to find breast cancer. The Center for Women's Imaging has Colorado Springs newest digital mammography machines and encourages you to schedule your annual digital mammogram by calling (719) 776-8010.

    Digital Mammography vs. Film Mammography
    A digital mammogram differs from a film mammogram in that it uses a special detector to capture and convert X-ray energy into a digital image. The procedure and appearance of the machine and even the images produced are very similar to a traditional film mammogram-the advantage really comes from the ability to manipulate the image electronically.

    Digital mammography offers a number of practical advantages and patient conveniences:

    • Because there is no waiting for film to be developed, digital images are immediately available. The technologist can evaluate the quality of the images as they are taken. That means patients spend less time in the exam room and rarely need to return for repeat images due to under or over exposures.
    • The digital machine is fast, so patients spend less time in uncomfortable positions.
    • Brightness, darkness or contrast can be adjusted and sections of an image can be magnified after the mammogram is complete making it easier to see subtle differences between tissues.
    • The ability to increase contrast when imaging dense tissue is particularly important, as dense breast tissue and malignant cells both appear to be white on a film mammogram.
    • Digital images are easily stored and retrieved.
    • Transmission of images from one physician to another is quick and easy.

    Learn more about Penrose-St. Francis Imaging Services.

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