New England Journal of Medicine publishes study: Diagnostic Performance of Digital versus Film Mammography for Breast-Cancer Screening
MedSun: Newsletter #1, February 2006

Film mammography has limitations in its sensitivity for detecting breast cancer in women with radiographically dense breasts. This study sought to determine whether digital mammography would eliminate some of these limitations. Results of the study indicate that the overall diagnostic accuracy of both the film and digital mammography are similar. However, digital mammography seemed to show higher accuracy in women younger than 50 years of age, women possessing radiographically dense breasts, and pre-menopausal/peri-menopausal women.

Additional Information:

Diagnostic Performance of Digital versus Film Mammography for Breast-Cancer Screening
http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/353/17/1773


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