How effective is digital mammography in detecting tumors?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
To compare digital mammography with screen film mammography, Dutch researchers reviewed data from almost two million screening mammograms and compared the results of screen film mammography to digital mammography. The researchers noticed that digital mammography was more sensitive for detecting cancers, with a detection rate per thousand of 6.8, instead of 5.6 with screen film mammography.

Additionally, digital mammograms more accurately detected clinically significant tumors, which can lead to cancers. This is because digital mammography makes it easier to detect clinically significant high-grade lesions over low-grade lesions, which are not life threatening and could be safely left alone without unnecessarily traumatic biopsies, surgeries, or radiation.

The United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) concluded that there is insufficient evidence to recommend for or against digital mammography. However, this may change as the experts review newer research.
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