Imaging of the radiographically dense breast

Radiology
V P JacksonD B Kopans

Abstract

Despite recent improvements in mammography equipment and technique, the radiographically dense breast remains difficult to image. The problems in imaging the dense breast account for a large percentage of the cases of mammographically "missed" carcinomas. Other imaging modalities--such as ultrasonography, transillumination, thermography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and radionuclide imaging--have been investigated for use in breast cancer detection. This overview discusses the current problems associated with imaging of the radiographically dense breast and suggests some avenues for investigation to develop solutions to these problems.

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