Views on imaging Mary Carmichael’s “A Breast Cancer Break-though?”(August 14) did not include important facts. As head of MGH’s Breast Imaging Division, I first conceived of applying tomosynthesis to breast evaluation in 1978 but had to wait until the 1990s for the development of digital detectors. Proving the concept with Richard Moore and Loren Niklason, we obtained a patent. With a grant from the Army, we worked with
Daniel B. Kopans, MD / Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School
I was dismayed that the “breakthrough” was not an alternative method of screening. You can bet that if men had to subject their penises to mammograms, an alternative would have been developed long ago.
Michele Order Litant / Boxborough
Family values I want to thank Susan Senator for her article about her autistic son (Perspective, August 7). After spending many exhausting years trying to make our own autisitic son “blend in” and be “typical,” it is liberating to adopt a new family motto: “Normal is overrated.”
Bronwen Thornton / Norwell
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