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. 

Congress Directs FDA to Establish Federal Breast Density Inform Standard
News | Breast Density | February 19, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor
February 19, 2019 — As part of a federal spending bill passed late Friday, Congress directed the U.S. Food and Drug...
Densitas Enters Partnership Agreement With TeleMammography Specialists
News | Breast Density | February 14, 2019
February 14, 2019 — Breast imaging analytics company Densitas Inc. announced a new collaboration partnership with...
breast density cancer awareness
News | Breast Density | February 08, 2019
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed breast density inform bill, HB66 into law, making New Mexico the 36th state...
 Volpara Solutions Launches Next-Generation VolparaDensity Software to Support SmartCurve Paddles
Technology | Breast Density | January 31, 2019
January 31, 2019 — Volpara Solutions Inc. received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for new...
QTbreasthealth Opens New Breast Ultrasound Imaging Center in Grand Rapids
News | Ultrasound Women's Health | January 30, 2019
January 30, 2019 — QTbreasthealth launched a center in Grand Rapids, Mich., featuring its quantitative transmission...
Artificial Intelligence Used in Clinical Practice to Measure Breast Density
News | Artificial Intelligence | January 15, 2019
January 15, 2019 — An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm measures breast density at the level of an experienced...
Densitas Enters Platform Partnership With Blackford
News | Breast Density | December 19, 2018
December 19, 2018 — Breast imaging analytics company Densitas Inc. announced the signing of a new Alliance Partner...
GE Healthcare Introduces Invenia ABUS 2.0
Technology | Ultrasound Women's Health | December 03, 2018
December 3, 2018 — GE Healthcare recently launched the Invenia automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) 2.0 system in the...
Breast Density Advocate Nancy M. Cappello Passes Away

Nancy Cappello. Image courtesy of AreYouDense.org.

News | Breast Density | November 15, 2018 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor
November 15, 2018 — Imaging Technology News extends its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Nancy M....
DenseBreast-info.org Launches Patient Education Video Series
News | Breast Density | October 24, 2018
October 24, 2018 — DenseBreast-info.org (DB-I) announced the release of "Let's Talk About Dense Breasts," a series of...
DenseBreast-info.org Launches European Expansion
News | Breast Density | October 10, 2018
October 9, 2018 — DenseBreast-info.org (DB-I) announced the launch of its international expansion for European medical...
Survey Shows Dense Breast Reporting Laws Increase Breast Density Awareness
News | Breast Density | October 02, 2018
October 2, 2018 — Results from a new study show that dense breast reporting laws in the United States significantly...
Susan G. Komen Founder Joins Hologic for October 1 Nasdaq Opening Bell Ceremony
News | Mammography | October 01, 2018
October 1, 2018 — Susan G. Komen founder Nancy G. Brinker and Australian author and Pink Hope founder Krystal Barter...
SmartCurve technology, a revolutionary breast imaging technology designed specifically for the curvature of the female breast to provide every woman with a more comfortable and accurate mammogram.
News | Mammography | September 14, 2018
Solis Mammography declared September Breast Wellness Month and encouraging every woman to #DitchTheSquish with the...
breast cancer
News | Breast Density | September 12, 2018
Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature this week on Dense Breast Tissue Awareness bill (SB-1034) means the requirement to...
Mammogram Guidelines for Dense breast tissue

Dense breast tissue categories include fatty, scattered fibroglandular density, heterogeneously dense and extremely dense.

Feature | Breast Imaging | September 07, 2018 | By JoAnn Pushkin
If you are confused about the conflicting advice surrounding mammography screening guidelines, welcome to the club....
Illinois Governor Approves State Breast Density Reporting Bill Into Law
News | Breast Density | August 13, 2018
August 13, 2018 — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner approved the Illinois Breast Density Reporting Law (Public Act 100-0749)...
iCAD Receives FDA Clearance of PowerLook Density Assessment for Digital Breast Tomosynthesis
Technology | Breast Density | August 08, 2018
August 8, 2018 — iCAD announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of its latest artificial intelligence...
An example of breast tomosynthesis 3-D mammography detection of lesion.
News | Breast Imaging | July 24, 2018
July 24, 2018 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the American College of Radiology’s (ACR)...
Invision Diagnostics Installs VolparaEnterprise Software to Enhance Mammography Image Quality
News | Mammography | July 11, 2018
July 11, 2018 — Invision Diagnostics, a provider of mobile mammography services across North and South Carolina,...