FDA says film printing optional for mammography
November 23, 2015 -- In a guidance to mammography facilities, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that printing breast images to hard-copy film is no longer necessary and can be performed at the discretion of individual centers.
Forget Watson -- it's the pigeons you should worry about
November 18, 2015 -- If you think artificial intelligence could replace radiologists someday, there may be a new menace: It turns out that pigeons can distinguish benign from malignant tissue and identify certain cancer features with similar accuracy as their human counterparts, according to a new study published in PLOS One.
DBT cuts recall rate in women with no prior mammograms
November 13, 2015 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) cuts the number of recalls in a subset of women vulnerable to higher recall rates: those who have never had a prior mammogram, according to a new study in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Breast ultrasound helps mammography find more cancer
November 5, 2015 -- Adding ultrasound to mammography screening detects more early invasive breast cancer and probably reduces mortality, according to a 4 November study in the journal Lancet. The Japanese trial is thought to be the first of its kind in a large, randomized, multicenter population with a focus on younger, average-risk women.
Use vascular indexes to exclude malignant breast masses
November 4, 2015 -- Using vascular indexes obtained via 3D power Doppler ultrasound can accurately characterize suspicious breast masses, and adding it to 2D ultrasound may reduce unnecessary biopsies, noted Turkish researchers in an article published online in the European Journal of Radiology.
DBT finds 54% more cancers than mammography
October 30, 2015 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) finds 54% more cancers than 2D mammography and reduces recall rates by almost 20%, according to a new study published in Radiology. Even better, the technology identifies lesions in dense breast tissue, which mammography tends to miss.
Rates of high-grade DCIS increase with age
October 27, 2015 -- Mammography screening detects more cases of high-grade ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) as women age, according to a new study published online in Radiology.
WhatsApp enables teleultrasound in Nigeria
October 22, 2015 -- Patients in rural areas of Nigeria may not have ready access to experts for potentially lifesaving consultations on complicated ultrasound exams. Fortunately, there's an app for that.
ACS: Breast cancer screening should begin at age 45
October 20, 2015 -- The American Cancer Society (ACS) has released new breast cancer screening guidelines that raise its recommendation to age 45 for when women should start screening. Are the guidelines a blow to proponents of early mammography? Or do they represent an effort to develop a more nuanced approach to mammography screening?
BMJ: Dutch data show breast cancer screening works
October 13, 2015 -- The Dutch example of breast cancer screening works, and mammography screening is a clear way of detecting cancer early, along with increased breast cancer awareness, according to the authors of a new study published in BMJ.