Digital Mammography

A new ally in the fight against breast cancer

Sharp HealthCare offers digital mammography to women undergoing routine mammograms. Digital mammography is the latest diagnostic technology available and provides highly precise and rapid scans for the radiologist. The new Selenia™ digital mammography system incorporates revolutionary imaging technology that provides patients with the highest quality of care in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer.

Digital mammography uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor, and transmitted and stored just like computer files. The technology allows radiologists to view the X-ray images in a matter of seconds. They can adjust brightness, change contrast and zoom in on specific areas to help detect small calcifications, masses and other changes that may be signs of early cancer. Being able to manipulate images is one of the main benefits of digital technology.

Selenia Digital Mammography System

To supplement this technology, Sharp offers digital computer-aided detection (CAD) as part of its comprehensive diagnostic services. CAD provides a “second read” of the digital mammogram by a computer and highlights characteristics commonly associated with breast cancer. When activated, it flags abnormalities to help the radiologist detect early breast cancer. CAD is, in essence, a second set of eyes to support and enhance the radiologist’s judgment.

To further improve the mammogram experience, Sharp also uses the one-of-a-kind MammoPad®. It is an adhesive-backed, single-use cushion that brings warmth, comfort and cleanliness to the experience.


  • Improved diagnostic accuracy over traditional film screen techniques, especially in women under 50 and in women with particularly dense breast tissue
  • Less radiation exposure to patients
  • Reduced need for repeat exams due to under- or overexposure
  • Significantly less time spent in the breast cancer center  

Find a San Diego Oncologist
For more information about cancer services at Sharp HealthCare or to find a Sharp-affiliated doctor, search for a San Diego oncologist or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm.

For More Cancer Care Information
Mammography services are available at all Sharp hospitals, many Sharp Rees-Stealy sites and the Cancer Institute at Sharp Memorial Hospital.