Mammography and the risk of thyroid cancer

Ioannis Sechopoulos*, R. Edward Hendrick

*Corresponding author for this work

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OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this article is to discuss recent media reports that have suggested a link between mammography and increased incidence of thyroid cancer in women. Those reports have caused many requests that a thyroid shield be used during mammography. CONCLUSION. On the basis of a previously published study that investigated organ doses from mammography and of cancer risk estimates using the seventh Biologic Effects of Ionizing Radiation report, we contend that thyroid shielding during mammography is unnecessary and may increase retakes rather than afford radiation protection of the thyroid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)705-707
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Dosimetry
  • Mammography
  • Monte Carlo algorithms
  • Radiation dose
  • Thyroid cancer
  • n/a OA procedure


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