Digital mammogram better for some women

January 29, 2008 2:18:28 PM PST
There are two types of mammograms available for women. But which one is better?

A new study finds for some women digital mammography is a better bet at spotting breast cancers than traditional film mammography.

Women under the age of 50 with dense breasts who are pre-menopausal or peri-menopausal get more accurate results with digital mammograms. That's according to a study in the February issue of Radiology. For other groups of women no significant differences in accuracy were found between the two methods.

This new study confirms earlier findings and better define who will benefit from the newer, more costly digital exams. Experts say the take home message is for certain women who fit this group to specifically ask for digital mammograms.