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Update on new technologies in digital mammography

Authors Patterson S, Roubidoux M

Received 29 March 2014

Accepted for publication 6 June 2014

Published 14 August 2014 Volume 2014:6 Pages 781—788


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Stephanie K Patterson, Marilyn A Roubidoux

Division of Breast Imaging, Department of Radiology, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Abstract: Despite controversy regarding mammography's efficacy, it continues to be the most commonly used breast cancer-screening modality. With the development of digital mammography, some improved benefit has been shown in women with dense breast tissue. However, the density of breast tissue continues to limit the sensitivity of conventional mammography. We discuss the development of some derivative digital technologies, primarily digital breast tomosynthesis, and their strengths, weaknesses, and potential patient impact.

Keywords: screening mammography, breast cancer, contrast media, digital breast tomosynthesis

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