A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast that is done to screen for breast cancer and to investigate lumps that can be felt during a breast exam. It can also detect tumors or abnormal areas that are too small to be felt with the hands.
A digital mammogram is done in the same way as a standard mammogram. The images from a digital mammogram are stored as a computer file. The images from a standard mammogram are stored on film. A digital mammogram allows your doctor to view different parts of the breast without taking more images. Or a digital mammogram may be done along with digital breast tomosynthesis to make a three-dimensional picture of the breast.
Digital and standard mammograms both work well to find breast cancer. But digital mammograms may work a little better if you're age 60 or younger.
Current as of: August 2, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology & JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine