Breast Density Changes the Breast-imaging Landscape

Cristen Bolan, MS


Appl Radiol. 2013;42(3):20-25. 

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Today, mammography remains the first line of defense for detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages.

"It is important to emphasize that an annual mammogram is still recommended and neither ultrasound nor MRI is meant to replace mammography," remarked Ellen Mendelson, MD, co-investigator and Lee F. Rogers Professor of Radiology at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.

Nonetheless, there are limitations to 2D mammography, and supplemental ultrasound and MRI screening help detect more cancers, as do tomosynthesis and MBI, when combined with mammographic data.

With the growing trend in patient advocacy extending the conversation on breast screening into the public domain, radiologists are responding by expanding their portfolio of imaging services. As such, there is an important role adjunct technologies will play in the future of breast screening.