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December 18, 1981

Palpable Breast Masses: The Importance of Preoperative Mammography

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Radiology (Drs Kopans and Meyer) and Surgery (Drs Cohen and Wood), Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston.

JAMA. 1981;246(24):2819-2822. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320240027019

Mammography has a significant role to play before any breast surgery is performed. Ten cases are described to illustrate five benefits: (1) confirm the presence of an evident neoplasm, (2) define the three breast masses that do not require biopsy, (3) demonstrate ipsilateral multicentricity of breast cancer, (4) discover occult contralateral cancer, and (5) detect occult malignant neoplasia elsewhere in a breast having a mass excised or reconstruction performed.

(JAMA 1981;246:2819-2822)