Full-field digital mammography (FFDM) is affecting the way breast imaging centers work. The reports of gained efficiencies in workflow by operating in a cassetteless and filmless environment are intriguing and taunt analog users. The gained efficiencies, however, do not come without a price. The price is not only the increased cost of equipment, but also the added stress of the implementation process. Being prepared for the experience is important to avoid unexpected problems and undue stress. The purpose of this article is to help the reader understand what to expect during the implementation of an FFDM unit. The key factors for a smooth transition from analog to digital are preplanning with a team approach, mapping out workflow to completely understand each step in the process, and fully understanding the benefits and limitations of the system.
- breast imaging
- digital mammography
- full-field digital mammography
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging