Mammography is a tool which can substantially reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer due to early diagnostics. However, due to sensitivity and specificity issues as well as low positive predictive values the question of its feasibility as a routine screening method for certain patients remains controversial. This paper explores the issues related to mammography’s validity and reliability and associated ethical dilemmas and controversies.
Mammography as a screening and diagnostic tool
Mammography is a low-dose X-ray imaging used to obtain the pictures (images) of breast called mammogram. The mammography device uses adjustable plate on the top and X-ray or digital detector at the Continue reading...