Mammography: Case Histories of Significant Medical Advances

34 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2019 Last revised: 6 Aug 2020

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Amar Bhide

Tufts University - The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Srikant Datar

Harvard University - Accounting & Control Unit

Katherine Stebbins

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Date Written: July 31, 2020

Abstract

We describe how the development of x-ray-based techniques and equipment (“mammography”) lead to widespread screening for breast cancer and enabled “minimally invasive” biopsies of breast tumors. Specifically, we chronicle how: 1) new protocols and equipment catalyzed the first widespread screening programs and minimally invasive biopsies in the 1960s and 1970s; 2) concerns about safety and accuracy spurred technological advance in the 1980s; and, 3) digitization further improved the safety and accuracy of mammography in the 1990s and 2000s.

Keywords: Health Care and Treatment, Technological Innovation, Innovation Strategy, Technology Adoption, Collaborative Innovation and Invention, Innovation and Invention, Governing Rules Regulations and Reforms

Suggested Citation

Bhide, Amar and Datar, Srikant and Stebbins, Katherine, Mammography: Case Histories of Significant Medical Advances (July 31, 2020). Harvard Business School Accounting & Management Unit Working Paper No. 20-002, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3424129 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3424129

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