digital and conventional
mammography uses x-ray radiation to produce an image of the breast, however
conventional mammography stores the image directly on firm. Digital Mammography
takes an electronic image of the breast and stores it directly in a computer.
This allows the recorded data to be enhanced, magnified, or manipulated for
Basically the difference boils down to a traditional film
camera versus a newer digital camera. The digital system is equipped with a
digital receptor and a computer instead of a film cassette. The only real
difference is the way the image is stored.
Digital Mammograms were FDA Approved
January 2000. The cost of digital mammograms versus traditional mammograms can
be as much as four times higher.