Breast density law leads to higher ultrasound costs in NJ
October 1, 2015 -- The number and cost of breast ultrasound exams more than doubled in New Jersey after the state enacted a breast density notification law in 2014, according to a new study published in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Novel breast MRI technique could reduce biopsy rate
September 30, 2015 -- A shorter noncontrast-enhanced breast MRI protocol might help reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies by gathering additional information about suspicious lesions found on screening mammography while cutting scanning times, according to a new study published online September 29 in Radiology.
Study raises new doubts about value of breast CAD
September 28, 2015 -- Radiologists who used computer-aided detection (CAD) software to read screening mammography exams had no better accuracy than those who didn't, according to a new study published online Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. The findings are the latest to cast doubt on the value of breast CAD.
ASCO BCS: Breast MRI useful for average-risk women, too
September 25, 2015 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Breast MRI is used as an adjunct to mammography for screening women at high risk of breast cancer, but could it be used in average-risk women as well to find cancer earlier? The answer is a resounding yes, according to research presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual Breast Cancer Symposium (ASCO BCS).
Does preoperative breast MRI really benefit patients?
September 24, 2015 -- Breast MRI is a sensitive modality that finds cancers mammography or ultrasound can miss. But when it's used preoperatively in women who have already been diagnosed, it may cause more trouble than it's worth -- such as longer wait times for surgery and unnecessary mastectomies, according to a new study published in JAMA Oncology.
Does 'personalized screening' = healthcare rationing?
September 16, 2015 -- As debate swirls around screening mammography, the term "personalized screening" has surfaced to describe what proponents say is screening tailored to a woman's particular risk. But in reality personalized screening equates to healthcare rationing, according to a new opinion piece in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Breast cancer on rise in low-income countries
September 10, 2015 -- Low- and middle-income countries are seeing a rise in breast cancer incidence and death rates, despite the fact that death rates have decreased in higher-income countries, where incidence rates have increased or stabilized, according to a new study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.
JAMA opinion: Unethical to pay women for mammograms
September 10, 2015 -- The practice of paying women to undergo mammography is unethical, according to an opinion piece published in the September 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
PET/MRI matches PET/CT for recurrent pelvic cancer
September 4, 2015 -- PET/MRI can provide high diagnostic performance for restaging gynecological cancer patients compared with FDG-PET/CT, with only slightly longer scan time and "markedly reduced" radiation exposure, according to a German study published online in the European Journal of Radiology.
Higher screening mammo volume equals better outcomes
August 28, 2015 -- Women who undergo mammography screening at breast centers with high volumes tend to have better outcomes, which is encouraging news for a modality often criticized for its tendency to overdiagnose. Study results were published online August 11 in the Journal of Medical Screening.