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Anatomy of the breast – Introduction


A thorough understanding of the normal anatomical features of the breast is essential to develop skills in CBE and in the different breast imaging techniques. Breast imaging using mammography, ultrasound, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) involves recognition of the morphological features of the normal and abnormal breast tissues. Knowledge of the gross anatomy and the microscopic architecture of the breast tissue enables the radiologist to recognize the underlying pathological changes when certain characteristics are observed during imaging studies.


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