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Imaging modalities for detection of breast cancer

For nearly 100 years imaging modalities for breast cancer diagnostics are known.The development startet a few years after introduction of x-rays, but ultrasound and MRI are equally important nowadays. Recently new developments like tomosynthesis or optical mammography were introduced. Most important basis for diagnostics is the BIRADS lexicon. This lexicon has given standards for reports as well as for quality control.Digital mammography with its advantages in workflow, e.g. for Telemammography, archiving, imaging in dense breast parenchyma is increasing more and more in diagnostics. Organization of screening in Germany, which is the largest screening area in Europe, is much easier due to the introduction of digital mammography. New applications like tomosynthesis are only possible with digital mammography. In future modalities with less or no radiation exposure like optical mammography or impedance scanning might support the spectra of breast cancer screening,maybe they will even change the imaging modalities.

CME Prakt Fortbild Gynakol Geburtsmed Gynakol Endokrinol 2010; 6(3):260-268

Digital mammography, breast cancer, imaging

Felix Diekmann
Klinik für Strahlenheilkunde, Charité Campus Virchow-Klinikum,
Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Reviewer: Fakher Ismaeel, Berlin
und Omar Camara, Jena

Diekmann F. Bildgebende... Gynakol Geburtsmed Gynakol Endokrinol 2010;6(3):260-268 publiziert 30.11.10 ©akademos Wissenschaftsverlag 2010 ISSN 1614-8533