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Breast cancer imaging

Emily F. Conant, Andrew D.A. Maidment
From: Science & Medicine: Volume 3 Number 1: Page 22 (February 1996)

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Abstract: Screening mammography, considered to be a vital defense against breast cancer, is fraught with controversy and lacks a high degree of diagnostic accuracy. Mammograms are insensitive in detecting some breast cancers, and can cause false alarms prompting unnecessary biopsies. These "false-positive" mammograms are physically as well as psychologically traumatic. Responding to the need for earlier, more accurate, and cost-effective methods of cancer detection, researchers are investigating adjuvants and alternatives to traditional screening. Procedures such as digital mammography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging give the breast imager a new paradigm to detect and diagnose early breast carcinoma.

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