Medical Film Digitizers
Medical film digitizers play an important role in the implementation of digital mammography by allowing digitization of prior analog films for side-by-side review of current and prior-year studies, eliminating the need for a cumbersome “dual reading” environment in which mammographers must continually switch from a digital workstation to a light box. This is cumbersome and time-consuming, creating a less-than-ideal clinical environment. Hybrid viewing also raises issues of quality of consistency partly due to incompatible optical luminance and illluminance levels.
- Film digitizers used for mammography must deliver superior image quality.
- Software also must support unique mammography requirements and, in high volume applications, software and hardware must work together to integrate sophisticated batch film feeding capabilities.
- For Mammography centers and radiology departments planning to acquire FFDM systems and film digitizers, procedure volume is a key consideration along with budget.