Benefits, harms, and cost-effectiveness of supplemental ultrasonography screening for women with dense breasts.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Annals of internal medicine, Volume 162, Issue 3, p.157-66 (2015)


Aged, Biopsy, Breast, Breast Neoplasms, Computer Simulation, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Early Detection of Cancer, False Positive Reactions, Female, Humans, Mammography, Mass Screening, Middle Aged, Quality-Adjusted Life Years, Risk Factors, Sensitivity and Specificity, Ultrasonography, Mammary, United States


Many states have laws requiring mammography facilities to tell women with dense breasts and negative results on screening mammography to discuss supplemental screening tests with their providers. The most readily available supplemental screening method is ultrasonography, but little is known about its effectiveness.