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. 

Kentucky and Iowa Enact Breast Density Reporting Legislation
News | Breast Density | April 14, 2017
April 14, 2017 — Kentucky and Iowa both this week joined the ranks of states with laws requiring mammography facilities...
Parascript and Volpara Establish Partnership for Improved Early Cancer Detection
News | Computer-Aided Detection Software | April 11, 2017
April 11, 2017 — Parascript LLC announced a new partnership with Volpara Solutions, creator of Volpara Density...
Colorado, fibroglandular breast density, reporting bill, mammography, breast cancer
News | Breast Density | April 06, 2017
April 6, 2017 — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the Dense Breast Tissue Reporting Bill (SB17-142) on April 6,...
There is a rapid adoption of 3D Breast tomosynthesis imaging systems.

Image courtesy of Hologic

Feature | Breast Imaging | March 02, 2017
New research presented by Stephen Rose, M.D., chief medical officer of Solis Mammography and president of Rose Imaging...
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News | Breast Density | February 17, 2017
February 17, 2017 — In the first large-scale study of its kind, Dutch researchers demonstrated a strong linear...
dense breast tissue, contralateral breast cancer, MD Anderson study, Cancer journal
News | Women's Health | February 09, 2017
February 9, 2017 — Breast cancer patients with dense fibroglandular breast tissue have almost a two-fold increased risk...
automated volumetric breast density, Elizabeth Wende Breast Care, EWBC, American Journal of Roentgenology, mammographic sensitivity
News | Breast Density | January 18, 2017
January 18, 2017 — Researchers from Elizabeth Wende Breast Care (EWBC) have demonstrated that automated volumetric...
Sponsored Content | Videos | Breast Density | January 09, 2017
Monica Saini, M.D., consultant medical director — ABUS at GE Healthcare, discusses the necessity for personalized...
statlife, mammorisk, DenSeeMammo
Technology | December 20, 2016
December 20, 2016 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted  510(k) clearance to Statlife’s DenSeeMammo...
mammography, VolparaDensity grades, breast density, fibroglandular breast density, Radboud University Medical Center, Netherlands study
News | Breast Imaging | November 07, 2016
November 7, 2016 — Researchers from the Netherlands recently completed a study that explored the variation between...
mammography

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Feature | Breast Imaging | November 01, 2016 | By Jeff Zagoudis
Mammography has been the gold standard for breast cancer screening ever since it was proven to reduce mortality in...
Feature | Breast Density | October 04, 2016 | Jeff Zagoudis
Mammography has long been considered the gold standard for breast cancer detection, acting as the first line of defense...
breast density, inform laws

Many people are using social media as a way to reach out and provide support to women and families affected by breast cancer.

Feature | Breast Imaging | October 04, 2016 | Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.
The internet and social media have transformed our lives. It has literally opened up a global connection to those with...
Spanish, breast health, breast density, DenseBreast-info.org
News | Breast Density | September 28, 2016
September 28, 2016 – Addressing the educational needs of an underserved and growing population, DenseBreast-info.org...
News | Breast Density | September 13, 2016
September 13, 2016 — Are You Dense Inc., in collaboration with Madre Latina Inc., recently announced a new set of...
Videos | Breast Imaging | August 16, 2016
Interview with Gerald Kolb, JD, president of The Breast Group in Bend, Ore. Kolb spoke at the 2016 AHRA meeting in...
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News | Breast Imaging | August 08, 2016
August 8, 2016 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory...
tomosynthesis, breast imaging
News | Breast Imaging | August 03, 2016
August 3, 2016 — Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) or 3-D mammography new installations (includes new equipment and 3-...
Lumagem, MBI. nuclear breast imaging, molecular breast imaging
News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2016
August 2, 2016 — A retrospective study in American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) August issue confirmed Gamma Medica’s...
Volpara Solutions, VolparaEnterprise software, breast imaging, performance
Technology | Breast Imaging | July 18, 2016
July 18, 2016 — Volpara Solutions last week announced the commercial launch of VolparaEnterprise software, which helps...