Your annual mammogram may miss breast cancer hiding in dense tissue
Dense Breast Tissue & Breast Cancer Risk
A series of mammograms taken from the same woman over the course of 10 years shows differences in the amount and proportion of dense tissue over time. These images show an example of a change that can occur in some women when they take hormones for postmenopausal symptoms. The mammogram on the left is from a woman before taking postmenopausal hormones. The mammogram on the right was taken from the same woman one year after she started hormones. This woman experienced a dramatic increase in breast density corresponding to her use of hormones.
Dense Breasts: Answers to Commonly Asked Questions
Purpose: Mammographic breast density is an established risk marker for breast cancer and is visually assessed by radiologists in routine mammogram image reading, using four qualitative Breast Imaging and Reporting Data System BI-RADS breast density categories. It is particularly difficult for radiologists to consistently distinguish the two most common and most variably assigned BI-RADS categories, i. The aim of this work was to investigate a deep learning-based breast density classifier to consistently distinguish these two categories, aiming at providing a potential computerized tool to assist radiologists in assigning a BI-RADS category in current clinical workflow. Methods: In this study, we constructed a convolutional neural network CNN -based model coupled with a large i. All images were collected from a cohort of 1, women who underwent standard digital mammography screening from to at our institution.
Washington — All U. The Food and Drug Administration's proposed rules would standardize the information given to millions of women following scans to detect breast cancer. This is the agency's first proposed change to mammography standards in more than 20 years.
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