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July 20, 2019  
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Kodak's Mammography System
Kodak's Mammography System
343 State Street
Rochester, NY 14650-0001
United States
Phone: (716)-724-4000
Fax: (716)-724-7270
http://www.kodak.com/go/health
 
Kodak's Mammography System A Woman's Most Important Picture Doesn't Go in an Album: Her Annual Mammogram Kodak's Mammography System
Kodak is famous for inventing amateur photography and for making the family picture album a reservoir of treasured memories. Kodak has also played an important role in creating and improving another imaging technology: x-ray film. X-ray technology helps physicians to diagnose a number of conditions and -- equally important -- to determine that "everything is normal." In screening mammography, breast tissue is x-rayed to determine that no "suspicious" changes are taking place. A number of research studies indicate that diagnosing breast cancer at an early stage (even before   Kodak's Mammography System it can be felt during a physical examination by a physical exam by a physician or the woman herself) can lead to more effective treatment, often with life-saving results. That's why Kodak believes that one of a woman's most important pictures -- a mammogram -- doesn't go in the family album.

State-of-the-Art Technology Kodak's Mammography System
Kodak's Mammography System Mammography film is the "gold standard" against which other technologies, including digital mammography, are measured. Kodak, the world's leading manufacturer of mammography film, has been improving mammography films for decades. Look at the comparison portions of mammograms shown here. These images are from mammograms of the same patient, taken 10 years apart   (left in 1991 on Kodak Min-R M film; right in 2001 on Kodak Min-R 2000 film). Both were considered "optimal quality" at the time they were made. You don't have to be a doctor to observe the improvements made over the course of a decade. But we're not done. We're still investing in research to make better mammography films in the future. (Mammograms courtesy of The Elizabeth Wende Breast Clinic, Rochester, NY)

Mammography Film is Special Kodak's Mammography System
Mammography film is specially designed for its use in examining breast tissue. It has to have high contrast (the difference between light and dark areas of the image) so that small differences in the breast tissue are easier to see. It must also provide a high-resolution image so that adjacent tissues can be distinguished one from the other. These characteristics are important so the   physician can determine if breast tissue is normal or "suspicious." Finally, the image needs to inspire confidence in the physician viewing it, that is, he/she must feel the image is revealing all that it can so that the report given to the patient is as complete as possible.

What Can a Mammogram Reveal? Kodak's Mammography System
Did you ever wonder what the doctor is looking for in your mammogram?
Specialists look for very subtle changes in the breast that might be the signs of early breast disease. Common signs are fluid-filled pockets called cysts; abnormal collections of tissues sometimes referred to as "masses"; or calcified tissue, which appear as tiny white specks. Two images of each breast are taken at different angles. Mammograms of the left and right breasts are compared. Any area of one breast that appears different from its mate might signal the need for more investigation. Comparison with mammograms from earlier examinations also helps identify changes.
 
Kodak's Mammography System

A specially designed "cassette" containing the mammography film is inserted into the mammography unit before the examination

Film Continues to Improve Kodak's Mammography System
Mammograms can often find disease long before it can be detected by touch. Kodak continues to improve its mammography films so that physicians can observe even smaller changes in breast tissue. Detecting changes when they are small makes earlier follow-up possible. A less-severe course of treatment can begin sooner while improving the likelihood of a total recovery. And that, of course, is the purpose of this important "picture."   For more information on when to begin annual screening mammography and how to prepare for the examination, download this Breast Health Brochure (209 KB). More information about Kodak products for mammography is available on Kodak's website at http://www.kodak.com/go/mammo.

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