Switch to digital mammography leads to increased cancer detection rates

Aug 03, 2009

The use of digital mammography equipment alone is responsible for an increased number of breast cancers detected at a community-based mammography facility, according to a study performed at San Luis Diagnostic Center in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Researchers found that there was a significant increase in the number of cancers detected following the switch from film-screen to digital mammography. The number of cancers detected prior to the switch averaged between 4.1-4.5 cancers per 1,000 women imaged. Following the switch, the cancer detection rate increased to 7.9 cancers per 1,000 women imaged and has remained high. detection rates were evaluated using an auditing system.

"Surprisingly, sixty to seventy percent of screening facilities in the United States are still using film-screen mammography. This is a disadvantage because digital mammography offers considerable advantages over film-screen mammography," he said.

"I would certainly encourage patients who are being screened to look for facilities that have digital technology because it is faster and has a higher rate. There is a need for more studies like ours to confirm our findings," said Dr. Vernacchia.

Source: American Roentgen Ray Society

Explore further: World first as viral immunotherapy for skin cancer shows patient benefit in phase III trial

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Therapy-resistant breast cancer mechanism revealed

18 hours ago

Mitsuyoshi Nakao, Director of the Institute of Molecular Embryology and Genetics in Kumamoto University and Associate Professor Noriko Saitoh revealed that a cluster of defined, non-coding RNAs are mechanistically involved ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.