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Ther Umsch. 2008 Apr;65(4):187-92. doi: 10.1024/0040-5930.65.4.187.

[Imaging of breast tissues changes--early detection, screening and problem solving].

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Departement f├╝r diagnostische Radiologie, Universit├Ątsspital Basel. Petersgraben 4, Basel.


In the industrialised countries breast cancer is the cancer with the highest prevalence and causes the highest rate of cancer deaths among women. In Switzerland alone, about 5000 newly diagnosed cases occur per year. Our three main diagnostic tools in imaging diseases of the breast in the setting of screening, early detection or problem solving are mammography, ultrasound and MRI with intravenous contrast application. The most important imaging technique is mammography, which as only method has shown evidence to be suitable for screening so far. As a major accomplishing imaging tool there is sonography, which in women under 30 years of age is the first method of choice in examination of the breasts. The MRI is able to provide additional information about the perfusion of tissue changes within the breast; because of its low specificity, however, it should cautiously be applied for specific questions.

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