Japanese Journal of Radiology

, Volume 32, Issue 9, pp 561–567 | Cite as

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

  • Youichi Machida
  • Mitsuhiro Tozaki
  • Tamiko Yoshida
  • Ai Saita
  • Mari Yakabe
  • Kanae Nii
Technical Note

Abstract

Purpose

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.

Results

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).

Conclusion

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

Keywords

Mammography Breast density measurement Application BI-RADS 

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© Japan Radiological Society 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Youichi Machida
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mitsuhiro Tozaki
    • 1
    • 3
  • Tamiko Yoshida
    • 1
  • Ai Saita
    • 1
  • Mari Yakabe
    • 4
  • Kanae Nii
    • 4
  1. 1.Diagnostic Imaging CenterKameda Kyobashi ClinicTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Diagnostic Radiology and OncologyTokyo Medical and Dental University, Graduate School of MedicineTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Breast CenterKameda Medical CenterKamogawa CityJapan
  4. 4.Philips Electronics Japan, Ltd.TokyoJapan

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