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AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2012 Mar;198(3):705-7. doi: 10.2214/AJR.11.7225.

Mammography and the risk of thyroid cancer.

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Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, 1701 Uppergate Dr NE, Ste 5018, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA. isechop@emory.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this article is to discuss recent media reports that have suggested a link between mammography and increased incidence of thyroid cancer in women. Those reports have caused many requests that a thyroid shield be used during mammography.

CONCLUSION:

On the basis of a previously published study that investigated organ doses from mammography and of cancer risk estimates using the seventh Biologic Effects of Ionizing Radiation report, we contend that thyroid shielding during mammography is unnecessary and may increase retakes rather than afford radiation protection of the thyroid.

PMID:
22358013
DOI:
10.2214/AJR.11.7225
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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