Radiologists Vary Widely on How They Define Dense Breasts

Share this content:
Radiologists Vary Widely on How They Define Dense Breasts
Radiologists Vary Widely on How They Define Dense Breasts

TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Radiologists vary widely on how often they define mammography patients' breasts as dense, according to research published online July 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The new study results are based on 216,783 screening mammograms done at 30 facilities between 2011 and 2013. A total of 83 radiologists interpreted the X-rays.

Overall, 36.9 percent of the mammogram results rated as showing dense breasts. But doctors varied widely in how often they made that call. The range went from 6.3 percent of patients to 84.5 percent, the researchers reported. Among women who had two consecutive mammograms read by different radiologists, 17.2 percent had a different density rating on the two tests.

"There is wide variation in density assessment across radiologists that should be carefully considered by providers and policymakers when considering supplemental screening strategies," the authors write. "The likelihood of a woman being told she has dense breasts varies substantially according to which radiologist interprets her mammogram."

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease



Sign up for myCME e-newsletters




More in Home

High Success Rates for Mitral Valve Repair With Robotic Surgery

High Success Rates for Mitral Valve Repair With ...

Minimally invasive surgery linked to fewer discharges to facility, one day less in hospital vs conservative sx

Tattoo-Linked Complications ID'd in Immunosuppressed Female

Tattoo-Linked Complications ID'd in Immunosuppressed Female

Inflammatory myopathy identified in woman with cystic fibrosis on long-term immunosuppressants

Rates of Cardiac Stress Testing Down but Still Higher in CKD

Rates of Cardiac Stress Testing Down but Still ...

Decline in rates of cardiac stress testing in Medicare beneficiaries aged ≥66 years from 2008 to 2012

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »