Ke Nie1, Jeon-Hor Chen1,2, Chieh-Chih Hsu2, Hoanglong Nguyen1, Muqing Lin1, Tzu-Ching Shih1,2, Dustin Newell1, Byron Feig1, Orhan Nalcioglu1, Min-Ying Lydia Su1
1Tu & Yuen Center for Functional Onco-Imaging, University of California, Irvine, CA, USA; 2Department of Radiology, China Medical University, Taiwan
A quantitative method was applied to analyze the morphology of the fibroglandular parenchymal pattern in the breast. Two different patterns: mixed fibroglandular and fatty tissue (N=86) vs. central fibroglandular tissue surrounded by fat (N=60) were separated. The percent density was comparable between the 2 groups, but 5 morphology features show significant differences. While the percent density showed a clear age-dependence, it was not race-dependent. On the other hand, the morphology parameters showed race-dependence, but not age-dependence. The White and Hispanic women were more likely to present mixed patterns, and the Asian women were more likely to present the central pattern.