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Mammography topics

Risk-adjusted Breast Cancer Screening Strategies 

The incidence of breast cancer is increasing worldwide. Population-based screening is available in many countries but is often not the most efficient use of resources. Therefore, interest in risk-adjusted screening programs has increased in recent years. 1 Models to predict the risk of a woman to develop breast cancer in her lifetime are taking the of individual breast density as well as inherited genetic variants into consideration. 2 In the future, the goal is to be able to make personalized screening authoritative recommendations on when a woman should start and stop screening and how often it should be performed. 1 

In the following videos, clinical experts present the role of breast imaging and artificial intelligence for risk-adjusted breast screening. A special focus is put on breast density and how to measure it objectively.

How did the pandemic harm breast screening programs and what should a return strategy look like?

In this keynote talk Prof. Dr. Federica Pediconi (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) reviews the literature regarding the effect of the pandemic on screening programs and breast cancer mortality. She analyzes how the pandemic has modified the approach to patient care, current restart strategies, and possible directions for the future. (ECR, July 2022)

The patient in the center: The way forward for women with dense breasts

The interlinked clinical twins Prof. Dr. Pascal Baltzer and Dr. Panagiotis Kapetas (Medical University of Vienna, Austria) assess different approaches on how to improve screening programs for women with dense breasts. They discuss the topic from a mammography/tomosynthesis plus ultrasound and abbreviated breast MRI perspective. (ECR, July 2022)

Which breast imaging technologies challenge digital mammography in breast screening?

Digital mammography is currently the gold standard when it comes to breast cancer screening. However, various factors and the need for personalized screening based on various risk factors have called this “standard” into question recently. In this discussion, leading breast imaging experts will discuss technologies that could pose an alternative to mammography in certain screening settings. (ECR, July 2022)