Advances in breast imaging offer the promise for improved, early diagnosis and successful treatment. Breast imaging is a critical component of surgical planning for breast disorders, but with many available options and new emerging technologies, the complexity and sometimes conflicting nature of available information makes it difficult to determine the best course of treatment. Practitioners of evidence-based medicine (EBM) integrate individual clinical expertise with the best available clinically relevant evidence from research. This article will identify and summarize the best available research in breast imaging from systematic reviews and primary research for monitoring early response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC), predicting patient response to NAC (ie, the ability of imaging to distinguish responders and nonresponders to NAC prior to initiating NAC), and improving the detection of implant rupture.
After reading this article, the participant should be able to:
- EXPLAIN the rationale for using anatomical and molecular breast imaging in various situations involving patients with breast disease.
- LIST the levels of impact of diagnostic imaging modalities.
- IDENTIFY the basic principles of evaluating diagnostic tests.
- SUMMARIZE the limitations of the evidence base for breast imaging applications and recommendations for future research.
Categories: MRI, Mammography, Sonography