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Are spot compression, magnification, and implant imaging considered mammographic modalities?

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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.

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