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  • 02.2.11

    AMIC Responds to Newsweek Mammography Story

    Access to timely and regular mammograms has revolutionized the war against breast cancer, turning millions of patients into survivors. Contrary to the authors’ claim that the transition to digital mammography was a “hustle,” peer-reviewed scientific research demonstrating the technology’s effectiveness is what has driven the adoption of digital mammography. For example, the Digital Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (DMIST) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the American College of Radiology found that digital mammography is especially effective in finding cancers in women with dense breasts and those going through menopause, as well as younger women.

    Digital mammography also uses very low doses of radiation to give physicians the ability to make an accurate diagnosis. At the same time the machines produce images that can be stored and shared electronically, helping to increase efficiency and coordination in care.

    As evidenced by numerous studies, digital mammography is an important, life-saving technology, and by mischaracterizing it as a cost-driver we are doing a serious disservice to millions of women.

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