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Digital Mammography’s Cost May Outweigh Benefits – NEJM Editorial

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Conversion from film to digital mammography, despite benefits for segments of the population, may not be practical or cost-effective, according to a recent editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine

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