Breast Density

Breast density, or fibroglandular density, is found through breast imaging and varies based on the amount of fat to the amount of connective tissue. About 50 percent of women have what is referred to as dense breasts, where the tissue appears white on mammograms and can hide cancers, which also appear white. Women with very dense breasts may need to undergo supplemental imaging that can see through dense breast tissue, such as breast ultrasound, breast MRI or nuclear imaging. Many U.S. states now have legislation requiring radiologists to inform patients if they have dense breasts. Some states also now require insurance companies to cover supplemental imaging  in these patients. Breast density is graded into 4 classes, or BI-RAD scores, to explain the level of density in the radiology report. 

Deal further expands Hologic’s portfolio of world-class breast health solutions addressing the full continuum of care
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Smart Breast Corporation (SmartBreast), a privately held company focused on breast cancer screening and detection, announced today that it has acquired certain molecular breast imaging (MBI) assets from Dilon Technologies, Inc. (Dilon) for an undisclosed amount.
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January 4, 2021 — Smart Breast Corporation (SmartBreast), a privately held company focused on breast cancer screening...
Volpara Health announced two new research studies using AI-powered software to score breast density objectively and consistently to evaluate its impact in mammography and breast cancer risk assessment.
News | Breast Density | December 30, 2020
December 30, 2020 — Volpara Health announced two new research studies using AI-powered software to score breast density...
The American College of Radiology (ACR), Society of Breast Imaging (SBI), patient advocates and others secured an extension of the moratorium on harmful 2009 and 2016 United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines from Dec. 31, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2022.

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News | Breast Imaging | December 29, 2020
December 29, 2020 — The American College of Radiology (ACR), Society of Breast Imaging (SBI), patient advocates and...
According to recent studies, an increase in the COVID-19 positivity rate correlates to an increase in mortality from non-coronavirus-related diseases. This includes breast cancer, and researchers believe fear of contracting the virus compels patients to stay home instead of completing their post-lumpectomy radiotherapy regimens.

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December 21, 2020 — According to recent studies, an increase in the COVID-19 positivity rate correlates to an increase...
The global breast imaging technologies market was valued at USD 3.54 billion in 2019 and is projected to surpass USD 7.43 billion by 2030, expanding at a CAGR of 6.90% during the forecast period from 2020 to 2030.

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News | Breast Imaging | December 21, 2020
December 21, 2020 — The "Breast Imaging Technologies Market by Technology - Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry...
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New software-based application helps clinicians visualize breast anatomy and provides detailed characterization of lesions
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Among patients with breast cancer treated with radiotherapy, under-recognition of symptoms was common in reports of pain, pruritus, edema and fatigue, with younger patients and Black patients having significantly increased odds of symptom under-recognition, according to data presented at the 2020 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

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News | Women's Health | December 14, 2020
December 14, 2020 — Among patients with breast cancer treated with radiotherapy, under-recognition of symptoms was...
Images show symptomatic false-negative cancer in a 73-year-old black woman who presented with a palpable abnormality 64 days after negative screening mammography. (a) Negative screening left digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) mammogram. (b) Diagnostic DBT mammogram shows a new palpable mass (arrow). (c) Spot-compression DBT mammogram enables confirmation of mass (arrow). (d) Ultrasound (US) image shows hypoechoic mass with angular margins. Subsequent US-guided biopsy revealed estrogen receptor- and progeste

Images show symptomatic false-negative cancer in a 73-year-old black woman who presented with a palpable abnormality 64 days after negative screening mammography. (a) Negative screening left digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) mammogram. (b) Diagnostic DBT mammogram shows a new palpable mass (arrow). (c) Spot-compression DBT mammogram enables confirmation of mass (arrow). (d) Ultrasound (US) image shows hypoechoic mass with angular margins. Subsequent US-guided biopsy revealed estrogen receptor- and progesterone receptor-positive and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative invasive ductal carcinoma. Image courtesy of Radiological Society of North America

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Guidance for mammography facilities, state MQSA contract partners, FDA-approved MQSA accreditation bodies and Food and Drug Administration staff

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News | Mammography | December 04, 2020
December 4, 2020 — Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an immediately in effect guidance, ...
Studies show new deep-learning algorithm helps radiologists detect breast cancers in their early stages when used with the Genius 3D Mammography exam
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Lunit’s algorithm showed the best performance compared to other commercialized AI algorithms, ultimately reducing the workload of radiologists to classify mammography screenings
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December 2, 2020 — Recent studies have shown that Lunit’s AI solution is as accurate as average radiologists when it...
ProFound AI for DBT offers superior clinical performance when compared to other commercially available breast AI systems
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Densitas Inc., a global provider of A.I. technologies for digital mammography and breast screening, announced its partnership with Mammography Educators to offer the first artificial intelligence powered telehealth technologist training platform to support business continuity in mammography facilities.
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Radiologists around the world will have access to a first-of-its-kind online breast density training tool designed to improve radiologists' ability to correctly identify women's breast density categories to comply with the Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS), thanks to a collaboration between DetectED-X and Volpara Health. 
News | Breast Density | November 19, 2020
November 19, 2020 — Radiologists around the world will have access to a first-of-its-kind online breast density...
Reduces the complexity of reporting for screening and diagnostic MRI eams to deliver time-saving and patient safety benefits
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November 18, 2020 — Ikonopedia announced the release of its newly updated next-generation breast MRI reporting module. ...
DensitasInc., a leading provider of A.I. technologies for digital mammography and breast screening, announced that NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore), will deploy the densitas  platform across its mammography facilities
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November 16, 2020 — Densitas Inc., a leading provider of A.I. technologies for digital mammography and breast screening...
An interview with Professor Christiane Kuhl, M.D., director of radiology, University Hospital Aachen, Germany, on the effects on breast imaging in the COVID-19 era

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Feature | Breast Imaging | November 12, 2020 | By Dave Fornell
The pandemic forced many elective procedures, including most areas of cancer screening, to be put on hold to prioritize...
Images in a 55-year-old woman with a spiculated mass localized in the upper central quadrant (arrow in A, B, D, and E) of right breast detected with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) plus synthetic mammography (SM). Breast density was classified as category C with the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System. Mass was invasive ductal carcinoma, stage I, and was estrogen and progesterone receptor positive and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative. A, Image from SM in craniocaudal view. B, Single

Images in a 55-year-old woman with a spiculated mass localized in the upper central quadrant (arrow in A, B, D, and E) of right breast detected with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) plus synthetic mammography (SM). Breast density was classified as category C with the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System. Mass was invasive ductal carcinoma, stage I, and was estrogen and progesterone receptor positive and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative. A, Image from SM in craniocaudal view. B, Single-slice DBT image in craniocaudal view. C, Magnification of the lesion depicted in B. D, Image from SM in mediolateral oblique view. E, Single-slice DBT image in mediolateral oblique view. F, Magnification of the lesion depicted in E. Images courtesy of Radiological Society of North America

News | Breast Imaging | November 11, 2020
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