Digital mammography

The "Digital Full-Field Mammography System", whose quality criteria comply with the latest EU guidelines, optimizes breast cancer diagnostics. The new procedure for the early detection of breast cancer has many advantages over the previous procedures.

More safety

"More safety in the identification of life-threatening micro-tumors and a significantly lower radiation exposure than conventional devices are, among other things, the advantages of the new digital mammography device, which we now offer to patients as a Hamburg reference center, " says dr. Toni Birtel, spokesman for the Department of Breast Diagnostics at the X-ray center Schäferkampsallee in Hamburg.

Lower pressure pain

Many women still refrain from mammography as part of individual or statutory care because they find this examination uncomfortable or even painful. Current scientific studies confirm that mammography is superior to every palpation finding and even the ultrasound device in the timely diagnosis of the smallest tumor stages.

Less radiation exposure, better evaluation

The possibly lethal abandonment of mammography could stop the new "Digi-Mammo": It is extremely gentle and relatively painless. Especially in women with larger breasts were previously several partial breasts necessary. Thanks to its large detector plate, the new device now does this with the classic "from above" and "from the side" recording. In addition, due to the very good digital image quality usually no new or additional shots must be made more to properly recognize vital details. "This means that the radiation exposure compared to conventional mammography can be significantly reduced, " says dr. Toni Birtel. In addition, a newly developed compression plate that flexibly adapts to the shape of the breast ensures less pressure pain.

Faster findings

All in all findings with digital mammography can be collected not only safer, but also faster. This, in many cases, defuses the tremendous psychological pressure that can be triggered on women by the diagnosis uncertainty. The waiting time for the film recording to be developed is eliminated. Diagnosis is now directly on the screen. "Just like a digital camera, we can assess the image immediately after taking a picture and zoom in on specific areas of the image, making it easier to diagnose difficult-to-detect changes such as micro-lime, " he says. Toni Birtel. An intelligent computer program (CAD) accompanies the doctor on his diagnostic tour: Conspicuous places are automatically marked in the image and "presented" to the doctor for evaluation. "We first have to investigate this hint and" plausibly "answer it before the device lets us continue the diagnosis, " says Dr. Toni Birtel.

Plea for control

But even the most sophisticated technology, says the Hamburg doctor, never replaces the experience of a specialist in breast cancer diagnostics, which carries out thousands of diagnoses every year directly to the patients. "Of course, we hope that this gentle digital mammography method will now be used by women who have been skeptical of this safest type of breast cancer diagnosis for physical or financial reasons."

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