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Diagnostics 2017, 7(2), 30; doi:10.3390/diagnostics7020030

Qualitative Versus Quantitative Mammographic Breast Density Assessment: Applications for the US and Abroad

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Elizabeth Wende Breast Care, LLC. Rochester, NY 14620, USA
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Volpara Solutions Limited, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Academic Editor: Tanya W. Moseley
Received: 31 March 2017 / Revised: 22 May 2017 / Accepted: 24 May 2017 / Published: 31 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Breast Imaging)
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Abstract

Mammographic breast density (MBD) has been proven to be an important risk factor for breast cancer and an important determinant of mammographic screening performance. The measurement of density has changed dramatically since its inception. Initial qualitative measurement methods have been found to have limited consistency between readers, and in regards to breast cancer risk. Following the introduction of full-field digital mammography, more sophisticated measurement methodology is now possible. Automated computer-based density measurements can provide consistent, reproducible, and objective results. In this review paper, we describe various methods currently available to assess MBD, and provide a discussion on the clinical utility of such methods for breast cancer screening. View Full-Text
Keywords: breast imaging; breast density; quantitative assessment; qualitative assessment breast imaging; breast density; quantitative assessment; qualitative assessment
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Destounis, S.; Arieno, A.; Morgan, R.; Roberts, C.; Chan, A. Qualitative Versus Quantitative Mammographic Breast Density Assessment: Applications for the US and Abroad. Diagnostics 2017, 7, 30.

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