Digital Mammography 


East Cooper offers mammograms and other advanced breast diagnostics at the hospital's Breast Center and at Charleston Breast Center, a division of the hospital, at 1930 Charlie Hall Boulevard in West Ashley

Charleston Breast Center, an American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, offers digital screening, diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds, breast biopsies, bone density exams and breast-optimized MRIs. 

The Breast Center at East Cooper Medical Center offers digital mammography – technology that could shorten your exam and provide important health benefits for you.  

Both traditional film and digital mammography are good at finding breast cancer in its earliest stages, when treatment is usually most effective.  However, digital mammograms offer better images than film for women younger than 50 and those with very dense breasts, a National Cancer Institute study suggests.  Digital mammograms also use less radiation.  

Digital images are taken electronically and stored on a computer, whereas film images are captured on film.  It’s like the difference between a digital and a film camera.  Since there’s no film to develop, you may notice shorter wait times while the technologist verifies that the images on the screen are satisfactory.  Imaging times may also be shorter, since digital pictures generally take less than five minutes compared to 10 to 15 minutes for film.  

What’s more, digital images also have better contrast resolution, and physicians can manipulate them to view different areas of the breast.  Using special software, doctors can magnify any areas of concern.