Supplemental Screening for Patients at Intermediate and High Risk for Breast Cancer

Lilian Wang, Roberta M. Strigel*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The sensitivity of mammography is more limited in patients with dense breasts and some patients at higher risk for breast cancer. Patients with intermediate or high risk for breast cancer may begin screening earlier and benefit from supplemental screening techniques beyond standard 2-dimensional mammography. A patient's individual risk factors for developing breast cancer, their breast density, and the evidence supporting specific modalities for a given clinical scenario help to determine the need for supplemental screening and the modality chosen. Additional factors include the availability of supplemental screening techniques at an individual institution, cost, insurance coverage, and state-specific breast density legislation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-83
Number of pages17
JournalRadiologic clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021


  • Breast cancer
  • High risk
  • Intermediate risk
  • Supplemental screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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