Volumetric and area-based measures of mammographic density in women with and without cancer

Leila Nutine, Jamie C. Sergeant, Julie Morris, Paula Stavrinos, D. Gareth Evans, Tony Howell, Caroline Boggis, Mary Wilson, Nicky Barr, Susan M. Astley

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    We compare mammographic density in 44 women with screen-detected breast cancer and a control group of 923 women with normal screening mammograms. Multiple regression was used to compare the effects of case-control status on breast density of the contra-lateral breast. Two breast density measures were investigated: the average visual assessment, recorded on a visual analogue scale (VAS), for the two views and two independent readers; and volumetric percentage density measured by Quantra TM. We adjusted for confounding factors of BMI, HRT use, age and menopausal status. Initially there was no significant difference in mean percentage density between cases and controls using either measure of density: VAS (cases 27.5%, controls 26.9%) and Quantra TM (cases 1.2%, controls 18.2%). However, when confounding factors were controlled for, case-control status had a statistically significant effect on breast density as measured by Quantra TM (adjusted means: cases 19.2%, controls 14.8%; p = 0.002) but not by VAS. © 2012 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)|Lect. Notes Comput. Sci.
    Place of PublicationBerlin Heidelberg
    PublisherSpringer Nature
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)9783642312700
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event11th International Workshop on Breast Imaging, IWDM 2012 - Philadelphia, PA
    Duration: 1 Jul 2012 → …


    Conference11th International Workshop on Breast Imaging, IWDM 2012
    CityPhiladelphia, PA
    Period1/07/12 → …


    • breast cancer
    • Breast density
    • mammography
    • Quantra
    • Visual Analogue Scale
    • volumetric


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