Digital mammography is more accurate only for certain groups of women

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 22 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:653
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Digital mammography was significantly better than conventional film mammography at detecting breast cancer in young women, premenopausal and perimenopausal women, and women with dense breasts. These results are from a study of 49 528 asymptomatic women at 33 sites in the United States and Canada and were published online on 16 September 2005 in the New England Journal of Medicine (, doi:10.1056/NEJMoa052911).

    Results of the trial, conducted by the American College of Radiology Imaging Network over two years, were released on the internet last week to coincide …

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