Effectiveness of Noninvasive Diagnostic Tests for Breast Abnormalities

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Effectiveness of Noninvasive Diagnostic Tests for Breast Abnormalities

Description

To help determine whether noninvasive tests are sufficiently accurate to be appropriate for evaluation of women with an abnormal mammogram or exam finding, this report summarizes available data on the performance of these tests in the evaluation of women presenting with breast abnormalities that suggest the possibility of breast cancer.

The report addresses the following questions:

  1. What are the sensitivity and specificity of the tests for diagnosis of breast cancer in women presenting with an abnormal mammogram or a palpable breast abnormality?
  2. For women with relevant demographic risk factors (e.g., age, family history) and clinical risk factors (e.g., Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System [BIRADS] status or morphologic characteristics of the lesion), what are the positive and negative predictive values of the above diagnostic tests?
  3. Are there other factors that affect the accuracy or acceptability of the tests considered in Questions 1 and 2?

Developer:

ECRI

Funding Sources:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

History

Release Date: 2006
Original Summary: February 2006
Last Updated: 06/27/08

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