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Publications from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provide objective and straightforward advice to decision makers and the public. This site includes Health and Medicine Division (HMD) publications released after 1998. A complete list of HMD’s publications from its establishment in 1970 to the present is available as a PDF.


  • Saving Women's Lives: Strategies for Improving Breast ... Released: November 15, 2004
    In this report The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) present a one-day symposium that was held at the IOM to further disseminate the conclusions and recommendations of the joint IOM and National Research Council report Saving Women's Lives: Strategies for Improving Breast Cancer Detection and Diagnosis.
  • Saving Women's Lives: Strategies for Improving Breast ... Released: June 10, 2004
    This report from the Institute of Medicine says that one of the biggest problems facing women today is that their access to breast cancer screening is endangered due to a shortage of breast imaging specialists. While new technologies hold promise for increasing the accuracy of breast cancer detection, improving access to mammography and broadening the pool of medical personnel who can interpret mammograms offer the greatest potential for immediately reducing the number of lives lost to breast cancer in the United States.
  • Mammography and Beyond: Developing Technologies for the ... Released: June 01, 2001
    Mammography and Beyond: Developing Technology for Early Detection of Breast Cancer reviews screening film mammography and other newer technologies, their current stage of development, usefulness, and issues in developing, approving, and payment methods. Although several new technologies on the horizon show promise for improved capability to detect breast cancer, the report says that none have yet proved superior to traditional, X-ray film mammography in screening for breast cancer. More evaluation and development of new imaging tools and of promising molecular biological techniques is required and warranted. This is a non-technical summary of that report.
  • Mammography and Beyond: Developing Technologies for the ... Released: March 08, 2001
    This report reviews screening film mammography and other newer technologies, their current stage of development, usefulness, and issues in developing, approving, and payment methods. Although several new technologies on the horizon show promise for improved capability to detect breast cancer, the report says that none have yet proved superior to traditional, X-ray film mammography in screening for breast cancer. More evaluation and development of new imaging tools and of promising molecular biological techniques is required and warranted.