Implementation of Full-Field Digital Mammography: A Technologist's Perspective

Carol J. Mount, Kathleen R. Brandt, Beth A. Schueler, Toni L. Allhiser

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-191
Number of pages7
JournalSeminars in Breast Disease
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

Keywords

  • breast imaging
  • digital mammography
  • full-field digital mammography
  • workflow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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