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Digital spot mammography using an add-on upright unit: diagnostic application in daily practice

Authors
Journal
European Journal of Radiology
0720-048X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
51
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0720-048x(03)00158-x
Keywords
  • Digital Mammogram
  • Mammography
  • Breast Imaging
  • Breast Cancer
  • Digital Detectors
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Introduction: To present the use of digital spot mammography (DSM) in a diagnostic practice. Methods and patients: Digital spot images of 779 women requiring a spot compression or a spot magnification view were collected. The digital images were acquired on a digital spot upright unit using a 61 mm×61 mm field of view. Lesions reported included masses, calcifications, and areas of distortions. Results: 1065 lesions required additional views with DSM. Lesions reported included masses ( n=113), masses and microcalcifications ( n=53), spiculated masses ( n=34), architectural distortions ( n=16), and microcalcifications ( n=849). DSMs were considered to be adequate in 97.7% of patients. Unsatisfactory exams resulted from difficulties encountered in targeting the area of interest at the beginning of our experience. Conclusion: DSM, most commonly used to perform interventional procedures, can also be used in a diagnostic practice taking advantage of post-processing of images not available with conventional spot compression and magnification.

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