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August 28, 1972

Xeroradiography of the Breast

JAMA. 1972;221(9):1056. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200220086028

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In the five years since Dr. Wolfe published his first book on mammography there has been a steady increase in the use of the procedure for studying and managing patients with breast disease. This increase and the advent of the xerographic method of recording the roentgen image had led to this new monograph.

The chapters that present the basic principles of xeroradiography and xeroradiographic technique are excellent. The principles of xeroradiography are clearly discussed on a level readily understandable to those of us who are not engineers or physicists. The characteristic differences between the xeroradiographic image and the photographic roentgen image are nicely demonstrated on film reproductions as well as graphs of step-wedge tests and densitometer tracings. The chapter on interpretation is particularly helpful and certainly conveys the author's thoughts concerning the importance of individualizing each report and the close cooperation necessary between the radiologist and the clinician. Many embarrassing