Multimodality approach personalizes breast screening
May 18, 2016 -- It used to be that 2D mammography was the only breast cancer screening game in town. Breast imagers now have more weapons in their arsenal, but when is the best time to use which technology? Fortunately, a new screening algorithm can help imagers decide how to personalize their approach to screening.
ACR 2016: 4 ways to slash mammography recall rates
May 16, 2016 -- Want to reduce your practice's recall rates? Try using a double-reading protocol and providing some basic staff education, according to a presentation delivered at the American College of Radiology annual meeting (ACR 2016) in Washington, DC.
MR shows more body fat in babies with diabetic mothers
May 12, 2016 -- MRI scans show that babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes have more body fat at 2 months of age than those born to healthy women, according to a new study from the U.K. published May 12 in Diabetes Care.
Can automated breast ultrasound handle screening?
May 12, 2016 -- Even if it may detect slightly fewer noncystic lesions than handheld ultrasound performed by radiologists, automated breast ultrasound can still serve as an effective supplemental breast cancer screening tool in women with dense breasts, according to a multi-institutional research team.
What's the sweet spot for batch reading mammograms?
May 10, 2016 -- What's the right number of cases to interpret when batch reading mammography studies? Too few can affect productivity, while too many can risk burning out your radiologists. Fortunately, researchers provide some guidance in a new study published in the May 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Mammography database makes performance tracking easier
May 4, 2016 -- If a breast imaging facility wants to stay in operation, it must track its performance quality as part of Mammography Quality Standards Act requirements. How can this be done most efficiently? The American College of Radiology's National Mammography Database can help.
Another DBT benefit? It's cost-effective
April 29, 2016 -- Add another thing to like about digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT): Not only does it find more cancers than digital mammography alone and reduce recall rates, it's cost-effective, according to a presentation at the recent American Roentgen Ray Society meeting in Los Angeles.
Inappropriate SPECT MPI scans more common in women
April 28, 2016 -- Women are more likely than men to have an inappropriate SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) scan, partly due to atypical symptoms, which may overestimate the true health risk to the female patient.
How clear are breast density notification letters?
April 27, 2016 -- Are breast density notification letters understandable to the women who receive them? Not so much, according to a study published April 26 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers found that the readability and understandability of these letters did not match average state literacy levels.
DBT plus mammo finds more cancers -- dense tissue or not
April 26, 2016 -- Studies suggest that digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) not only improves cancer detection rates, it also decreases recall rates, especially in women with dense breast tissue. But it's also beneficial for women who don't have dense tissue, according to research published in the April 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.