Mammography is specialised medical imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to see inside the breasts. At Cabrini, we use the latest advances in mammography, including Digital and Breast Tomosynthesis to aid the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

Digital Mammography is a mammography system in which the x-ray film is replaced by electronics that convert x-rays into mammographic pictures of the breast. These systems are similar to those found in digital cameras and their efficiency enables better pictures with a lower radiation dose. These images of the breast are transferred to a computer for review by the radiologist and for long term storage. The patients’ experience during a digital mammogram is similar to having a conventional film mammogram.

Breast Tomosynthesis, also called three-dimensional (3-D) mammography and Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) is an advanced form of breast imaging where multiple images of the breast from different angles are captured and reconstructed into a three-dimensional image set. It can result in:

  • earlier detection of small breast cancers that may be hidden on a conventional mammogram
  • greater accuracy in pinpointing the size, shape and location of breast abnormalities
  • fewer unnecessary biopsies or additional tests
  • greater likelihood of detecting multiple breast tumours
  • clearer images of abnormalities within dense breast tissue

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