Breast Imaging of Transgender Individuals: A Review

Emily B. Sonnenblick, Ami D. Shah, Zil Goldstein, Tamar Reisman

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Purpose: This review will inform radiologists about the evidence base regarding radiographic imaging for transgender individuals and considerations for providing culturally sensitive care for this population. Findings: Transgender individuals are increasingly referred for both screening and diagnostic breast imaging. It is important that the clinic environment is welcoming, the medical staff utilize accepted terminology and patients are able to designate their gender and personal history to ensure appropriate care. Hormone and surgical treatments used for transition by many transgender women and men may change the approach to imaging. Summary: Although not yet evidence-based, screening mammography is currently suggested for transgender women with risk factors, including those receiving hormone treatment over 5 years. The risk for breast cancer in transgender individuals is still being defined.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1
JournalCurrent Radiology Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Breast
  • Mammography
  • Screening
  • Transgender
  • Transsexual


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