PET/CT tumor volume best predicts breast cancer survival July 30, 2015 -- Whole-body metabolic tumor volume, as determined by FDG-PET/CT before treatment, is a reliable prognosticator of overall survival in patients who have invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast and distant metastases at the time of their initial diagnosis, according to a study published online July 23 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
DBT boosts mammo's specificity, lowers recall rate July 29, 2015 -- Adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to conventional mammography boosted the specificity of breast screening and cut the recall of women with benign lesions by more than half, according to a new study published in Radiology. DBT plus mammography also showed sensitivity gains in some groups of women.
Mammography screening at 40 works, Lancet study finds July 29, 2015 -- There is indeed a reduction in breast cancer mortality as a result of mammography screening in women who start getting exams at age 40 -- at least in the first 10 years of follow-up, according to a new study in Lancet Oncology that followed women for 17 years.
Women at high risk for breast cancer don't get needed care July 22, 2015 -- Notifying women at high risk of breast cancer through a patient letter doesn't seem to prompt them to take advantage of the services provided by a high-risk assessment clinic -- in fact, 85% of these women don't attend the clinic, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
AAPM: Mammo radiation dose 30% lower than thought July 16, 2015 -- Women receive about 30% less radiation during screening mammography than has long been assumed, which suggests that the "harm" of radiation dose in mammography also has been overestimated, according to research presented on July 15 at the 2015 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) meeting in Anaheim, CA.
AAPM: Fetal CT dose calculator offers easy, accurate estimates July 15, 2015 -- A new technique that calculates fetal dose from CT scans given to pregnant women is accurate and easy to perform, according to a study presented at this week's American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2015 annual meeting in Anaheim, CA.
Shortened breast MR protocol works just as well as full July 15, 2015 -- Using an abbreviated screening protocol for contrast-enhanced breast MR works just as well in terms of specificity and sensitivity as a full protocol, according to a new study published online in Academic Radiology.
Dutch researchers launch DENSE breast MR trial July 9, 2015 -- It's well-known that mammography is less effective in women with dense breast tissue. But what hasn't been established is which supplemental modality is best for these women. Dutch researchers have launched a trial to study the use of MRI in addition to mammography for screening women with dense breast tissue.
New study again questions screening mammography July 6, 2015 -- A new research study published online July 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine is again questioning the effectiveness of widespread breast screening. Mammography screening of the general U.S. population mostly just produces overdiagnosis, with no measurable effect on mortality, according to the researchers.
Breast imaging at highest risk for medicolegal claims June 30, 2015 -- It may come as no surprise, but a new study indicates that breast imaging has the highest risk of medicolegal claims compared to other medical imaging exams, at least in Australia, according to a study published online this month in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.