Breast Density

Breast density, or fibroglandular density, is found through breast imaging and compares the amount of fat to the amount of tissue.

Videos | Breast Imaging | December 15, 2014
ITN discusses the recent trends and advances in breast imaging at RSNA 2014 with Laurie Fajardo, M.D., MBA chief of...
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Figure 1. Mediolateral oblique (MLO) mammograms from four different patients show the spectrum of breast density: fatty (far left), scattered fibroglandular density, heterogeneously dense, extremely dense (far right). If cancer is present, it is more likely to be masked and go undetected in denser breast tissue.

Feature | Breast Density | April 30, 2014 | Wendie A. Berg, M.D., Ph.D., FACR and JoAnn Pushkin
(Updated April 17, 2015) Breast density reporting is here to stay. Nineteen states have already enacted mandatory...
Videos | Breast Imaging | March 27, 2014
Gary Levine, M.D., president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, reacts to the recent Canadian study's...
Videos | Breast Density | March 27, 2014
Gary Levine, M.D., president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, discusses breast density, alternative...
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A 59-year-old female presented with a 3 cm palpable mass in the right breast. No identifiable abnormalities were identified on either the RMLO (on right) or RCC (on left) tomosynthesis images. (Image courtesy of Marc F. Inciardi, M.D., University of Kansas Medical Center)

Feature | Breast Imaging | November 20, 2012 | Jessie Jacob, M.D.
Since the implementation of routine screening mammography, we have seen a 30 percent reduction in breast cancer...
Videos | Mammography | August 28, 2012
Dr. Sabee Molloi from the School of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, worked with a team on a study...
Example of molecular breast imaging (MBI) with breast cancer.

Positron emission mammography (PEM) produces a 3-D tomographic view of the breast in 12 images per view. Photo courtesy of Naviscan.

Feature | Breast Imaging | July 25, 2012 | Parvez Shirazi, M.D.
The last 20 years have brought about great advances in breast cancer detection and treatment. Among them has been the...
Videos | Women's Health | March 30, 2012
Gary Levine, M.D., program chair/incoming president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, discusses legislation...
Videos | Mammography | April 28, 2011
The 2011 National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCoBC) annual meeting broke all attendance records, according to Yuri...
Videos | Breast Imaging | April 28, 2011
One of the biggest issues discussed at the 2011 National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCoBC) annual meeting was the...
Breast MRI images can help identify tumors in dense breast tissue that might be obscured on traditional mammography.

Figure 1 Dense, fibrocystic breast with no well-defined abnormality.

Feature | Breast Imaging | September 17, 2009 | Bernadette M. Greenwood, BSRS, RT(R)(MR)
  As breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) becomes a more widely accepted modality for breast cancer screening of...