Following a negative mammogram, many women with dense breast tissue face a decision: whether to receive additional screening, and if so, what modality to use. Many mammography facilities are now informing women with dense breasts about the potential for “masking” and the increased risk of breast cancer associated with dense breast tissue. Masking occurs when breast cancers are hidden in a mammogram by dense breast tissue, which, like cancer, appears white.

Date of review: September 2013, December 2013, and December 2014

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Interventions of interest:

  • Hand-held and automated breast ultrasound
  • Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Final Documents

Below you will find the final documents from the assessments review process: