Mammography misses an estimated 17 percent of breast cancers on average and in the context of breast density, may miss up to 30 percent of breast cancers (Rawashdeh et al., 2013; Theberge et al., (2014). Those are some scary statistics for the estimated 50 percent of screening-aged women who have dense breasts. We are therefore extremely excited about a new breast imaging technique developed at Mayo Clinic. Called molecular breast imaging (MBI), the technology was found to substantially increase detection rates of invasive cancers in dense breasts. Read more here about molecular breast imaging, hopefully coming to a breast center near you soon.
Rawashdeh MA, Lee WB, Bourne RM, et al. Markers of good performance in mammography depend on number of annual readings. Radiology. 269(1):61-7, 2013.
Théberge I, Chang SL, Vandal N, et al. Radiologist interpretive volume and breast cancer screening accuracy in a canadian organized screening program. J Natl Cancer Inst. 106(3):djt461, 2014.