While screening is an important step in fighting breast cancer, is there an alternative to annual mammograms? The answer is yes. There are new thermographic technologies . Thermographs are able to detect cancers at a minute physical stage of development. Thermography does not use x-rays, nor is there any compression of the breasts. Also important, new thermography technologies do not lose effectiveness with dense tissue, decreasing the chances of false-negative results.
Some doctors are now offering digital mammograms. Digital mammography is a mammography system in which x-ray film is replaced by solid-state detectors that convert x-rays into electric signals. Though radiation is still used, digital mammography requires a much smaller dose. The electrical signals are used to produce images that can be electronically manipulated; a physician can zoom in, magnify and optimize different parts of breast tissue without having to take an additional image.
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