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Research Finds Use of Volpara Objective Breast Density Software from Matakina Helps Overcome the Limitations of Mammography for Women with Dense Breasts
Date:3/4/2013

n – an international standard?” (C-1762) will review comparisons between volumetric and visual assessment around the world. According to Dr. Highnam, results of the study suggest that there might be systematic bias in people’s interpretations of BI-RADS. “For example, if you see very dense breasts all the time you probably judge BI-RADS breast density lower than if you see fatty breasts all the time. In addition, with US radiologists judging the same set significantly higher than European and Asian radiologists, there is a clear need for a more standardized approach to breast density assessments which will help in interpreting and comparing breast cancer risk studies that are carried out internationally.”

Professor Kwan Ng from University of Malaya is presenting on, “Are volumetric breast density measurements robust enough for routine clinical use?” (C-1787). Prof Ng builds on earlier work which looked at volumetric breast density implementations which used absolute physics and were too susceptible to errors in the physics data. Prof Ng has exhaustively tested Volpara and concludes the Volpara software is robust and ready for routine clinical use. Based on these results, Prof Ng is considering breast screening in Malaysia and his presentation at ECR will show that Chinese-Malay have a significantly higher volumetric breast density than either Malay-Malays and Indian-Malays, and thus might warrant different screening procedures.

For information regarding other research being presented regarding breast density at the ECR meeting, note that in Breast SS1702, there are a range of talks looking at the role of tomosynthesis by breast density including talks from Spain and Italy.

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Founded to enable radiologists to give women the most accurate information possible regarding their breast health, Matakina International, Limited is the wholly owned sales and marketing arm of Matakina Technology Limited of New Zealand. Volpara
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