Breast Density Changes the Breast-imaging Landscape

Cristen Bolan, MS


Appl Radiol. 2013;42(3):20-25. 

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With new laws on breast-density notification sweeping the nation, radiologists are concerned 2-dimensional (2D) digital mammography alone may not be enough for screening patients with dense breasts. Subsequently, many breast-imaging centers are looking to expand their arsenal of screening technologies.

Some of these adjunct-screening tools include automated breast ultrasound (ABUS), tomosynthesis, opto-acoustic imaging, breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and molecular breast imaging (MBI). Each imaging device offers an additional or alternative view that may detect lesions in the breast that might otherwise go unnoticed.