New Technology: What Digital Can Do

When you finally get your mammogram, chances are, you won't be paying too much attention to the equipment. But there's a quiet revolution going on in the technology of mammography, as analog systems make way for various digital techniques. The promise of digital mammography is that it will give doctors a more detailed picture of breast tissue--and thus improve on their ability to pick out tiny abnormalities. Physicians are beginning to appreciate the added control the technology offers but agree that the procedure is not quite ready to replace film mammography--the gold standard. This view is likely to guide the Institute...

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