Are spot compression, magnification, and implant imaging considered mammographic modalities?
No. A mammographic modality is a technology for radiography of the breast, such as screen-film mammography, full field digital mammography, and xeromammography. Spot compression and magnification are techniques used with a mammographic modality, but are not to be considered separate mammographic modalities in and of themselves. Implant imaging represents an application of a mammographic modality to patients with breast implants.