, Volume 32, Issue 9, pp 561-567
Date: 18 May 2014

Feasibility study of a breast density measurement within a direct photon-counting mammography scanner system

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To evaluate the clinical feasibility of breast density measurements by a new application within a direct photon-counting mammography scanner system.

Materials and methods

A retrospective study of consecutive women who underwent mammography using a direct photon-counting mammography scanner system (MicroDose mammography SI; Philips Digital Mammography Sweden AB) was performed at the authors’ institution between September and December 2013. Quantitative volumetric glandularity measurements were performed automatically for each acquired mammographic image using an application (Breast Density Measurement; Philips Digital Mammography Sweden AB). The quantitative volumetric glandularity of each breast was defined as the average values for the mediolateral oblique (MLO) and craniocaudal (CC) mammogram views.


Of the 44 women who underwent bilateral mammogram acquisitions, the breast density measurements were performed successfully in 40 patients (90.9 %). A very good to excellent correlation in the quantitative breast density measurements acquired from the MLO and CC images was obtained in the 40 evaluable patients (R = 0.99).


The calculated volumetric glandularity using this new application should correspond well with the true volumetric density of each breast.