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Clin Radiol. 2014 Apr;69(4):333-41. doi: 10.1016/j.crad.2013.11.014. Epub 2014 Jan 11.

What effect does mammographic breast density have on lesion detection in digital mammography?

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  • 1Medical Image Optimisation and Perception Group (MIOPeG), Discipline of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Lidcombe, NSW, Australia. Electronic address: dalm3874@uni.sydney.edu.au.
  • 2Medical Image Optimisation and Perception Group (MIOPeG), Discipline of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Lidcombe, NSW, Australia.

Abstract

Effective detection of breast cancer using mammography is an important public health issue worldwide. Breasts that contain higher levels of fibroglandular compared with fatty tissue increase breast radio-opacity making it more difficult to differentiate between normal and abnormal findings. The higher prevalence of breast cancer amongst women with denser breasts demands the origination of effective solutions to manage this common radiographic appearance. This brief review considers the impact of higher levels of density on cancer detection and the importance of digital technology in possibly reducing the negative effects of increased density.

Copyright © 2013 The Royal College of Radiologists. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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