Breast-Clinic4The short answer is “No”.

Mammography has a sensitivity of approximately 90% with a sensitivity of about 88%.

False negatives can be up to 10%.

There are numerous causes for missed pathology, which include

  • Imaging technique and quality
  • Increased Breast density
  • Inadequate interpretation

How can breast pathology present?

  • Screen-detected (imaging or clinical)
  • Palpable lump
    • May be solid or cysticDBC-machine
  • Pathological nipple discharge (bloody or watery)
  • Skin changes (thickening or tethering)
  • Enlarged axillary (armpit) glands
  • Inversion or retraction of the nipple
  • Mastalgia (Breast pain) – infrequent