How It Works

The digital screening mammogram uses X-rays to create a digital image of the breast, which is viewed on a computer monitor. At Oregon Imaging Centers, all our mammography suites contain full-field digital systems and we offer 2D and 3D imaging. Both use low-dose digital X-rays to image the breast. The primary difference is that a 3D image is built from a composite of additional views that together allow the radiologist to see in and around structures within the breast. This allows for a more complete exploration of anomalies without a biopsy or other intervention.

The benefits of having a digital mammogram include better imaging of dense breast tissue and the chest wall, shorter exam times and a lower radiation dose. Both 2D and 3D are conducted using digital technology and both are effective for women with and without dense breast tissue.