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AAPM: Spectral mammography could measure breast density

Spectral mammography used during breast screening can measure tissue density with high accuracy — potentially improving the assessment of breast cancer risk, according to research presented at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) annual meeting in Charlotte, NC.

And in an era when the efficacy of mammography continues to be hotly debated, the technology could help doctors determine how often a woman should undergo mammography, or whether she needs further testing, according to researchers from the University of California, Irvine.

A woman with extremely dense breasts has up to four times the risk of breast cancer compared to a woman with fattier breasts, but standard mammography faces major challenges in accurately measuring breast density, said lead researcher Sabee Molloi, PhD, in a teleconference.

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