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January 1981

Computed Tomographic MammographyDiagnosis of Mammographically and Clinically Occult Carcinoma of the Breast

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Diagnostic Radiology (Drs Sibala and Chang), Pathology (Dr Lin), and Surgery (Dr Jewell), University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City. Dr Sibala is now with the Pratt Area Radiology Group, Pratt, Kan.

Arch Surg. 1981;116(1):114-117. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380130090020

• If breast cancer can be detected early, while it is still localized and before it can be palpated, the prognosis for cure is excellent. Heretofore, conventional mammography has been the only means available to detect cancer at such an early stage. Two cases of minimal breast carcinoma measuring less than 5 mm in diameter have been detected and correctly diagnosed using computed tomographic mammography (CT/M). Both cases occurred in fatty breasts and were clinically and mammographically occult. These cases demonstrate the value of CT/M in the diagnosis of minimal breast carcinoma that would have been missed otherwise.

(Arch Surg 116:114-117, 1981)