Studies Find X-Rays Just as Accurate as Digital Mammography

 
 
By M.L. Baker  |  Posted 2005-06-15 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Three studies on several thousand women have demonstrated that X-ray images are just as accurate as so-called digital mammograms, in which high-tech equipment records images electronically.

Three studies on several thousand women have demonstrated that X-ray images are just as accurate as so-called digital mammograms, in which high-tech equipment records images electronically. Digital mammography systems, which were first approved for marketing in the United States in 2000, cost at least three times as much as film systems, according to ECRI, the nonprofit health services research agency that conducted the report. But the technology does offer some advantages over X-ray film: The images are stored directly in a computer system, which allows them to be digitally enhanced, magnified or distributed. Hassles of storing, processing and handling film are eliminated. In some cases, digital mammography requires slightly lower doses of radiation.
"Cost-effectiveness will ultimately determine whether full-field digital mammography technology is adopted, since hospitals must justify their purchase based on exam volume and patient population," the report concluded. The assessment is not the last word. The National Cancer Institute sponsored another new clinical study, enrolling 49,500 women in the United States and Canada. Each patient received both traditional and digital mammograms, with follow-up exams after one year. Read the full story on CIOInsight.com: Studies Find X-Rays Just as Accurate as Digital Mammography
 
 
 
 
Monya Baker is co-editor of CIOInsight.com's Health Care Center. She has written for publications including the journal Nature Biotechnology, the Acumen Journal of Sciences and the American Medical Writers Association, among others, and has worked as a consultant with biotechnology companies. A former high school science teacher, Baker holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Carleton College and a master's of education from Harvard.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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