Breast dosimetry in alternative X-ray-based imaging modalities used in current clinical practices

S. Di Maria, S. Vedantham, P. Vaz

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In X-ray breast imaging, Digital Mammography (DM) and Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT), are the standard and largely used techniques, both for diagnostic and screening purposes. Other techniques, such as dedicated Breast Computed Tomography (BCT) and Contrast Enhanced Mammography (CEM) have been developed as an alternative or a complementary technique to the established ones. The performance of these imaging techniques is being continuously assessed to improve the image quality and to reduce the radiation dose. These imaging modalities are predominantly used in the diagnostic setting to resolve incomplete or indeterminate findings detected with conventional screening examinations and could potentially be used either as an adjunct or as a primary screening tool in select populations, such as for women with dense breasts. The aim of this review is to describe the radiation dosimetry for these imaging techniques, and to compare the mean glandular dose with standard breast imaging modalities, such as DM and DBT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number110509
JournalEuropean Journal of Radiology
StatePublished - Oct 2022


  • Breast Computed Tomography
  • Breast dosimetry
  • Contrast Enhanced Mammography
  • Mean Glandular Dose

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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