Factors Affecting Agreement between Breast Density Assessment Using Volumetric Methods and Visual Analogue Scales

Lucy Beattie, Elaine Harkness, Megan Bydder, Jamie Sergeant, Anthony Maxwell, Nicky Barr, Ursula Beetles, Caroline Boggis, Sara Bundred, Soujanya Gadde, Emma Hurley, Anil Jain, Elizabeth Lord, Valerie Reece, Mary Wilson, Paula Stavrinos, D Gareth Evans, Tony Howell, Susan Astley

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Mammographic density in digital mammograms can be assessed visuallyor using automated volumetric methods; the aim in both cases is to identifywomen at greater risk of developing breast cancer, and those for whommammography is less sensitive. Ideally all methods should identify the samewomen as having high density, but this is not the case in practice. 6422 womenwere ranked from the highest to lowest density by three methods: QuantraTM,VolparaTM and visual assessment recorded on Visual Analogue Scales. For eachpair of methods the 20 cases with the greatest agreement in rank were compared with the 20 with the least agreement. The presence of microcalcifications, skinfolds, suboptimally positioned inframammary folds, and whether or not the nipplewas in profile were found to affect agreement between methods (p
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBreast Imaging: Lecture Notes in Computer Science 8539
EditorsHiroshi Fujita, T Hara, C Muramatsu
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventInternational Workshop on Breast Imaging - Gifu, Japan
Duration: 1 Jan 1824 → …

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ConferenceInternational Workshop on Breast Imaging
CityGifu, Japan
Period1/01/24 → …


  • digital mammography
  • breast density
  • volumetric
  • radiographic features


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