Adding DBT to screening mammo boosts benefits, but not cost
October 28, 2014 -- Adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to biennial screening mammography is a cost-effective way to improve breast cancer detection in women with dense tissue, compared with mammography alone, according to a new study published online in Radiology.
Canadian study: Mammo cuts breast cancer mortality rates by 40%
October 27, 2014 -- You've heard of the controversial Canadian study that cast doubt on the effectiveness of mammography. Now, a new study from Canada has found that breast cancer screening reduces mortality rates by 40% across all ages, according to results published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
DBT screening shows greatest benefit for younger women
October 22, 2014 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) shows its greatest benefit when used to screen women younger than 50, according to research published October 13 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. DBT was effective in reducing recalls and increasing cancer detection in these younger women, who have been at the center of the controversy over breast screening.
CAD with digital mammo doesn't improve radiologist performance
October 8, 2014 -- Using computer-aided detection (CAD) with digital mammography has no significant effect on radiologists' performance when they interpret screening mammograms, and it doesn't change their diagnostic decisions, according to a new study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Study: Mammo false positives cost women money, time
October 7, 2014 -- Recall visits prompted by false-positive mammograms cost women money -- up to $450 for those who also undergo biopsies, according to a new study published in the Journal of Women's Health. Recalls also cost women in less quantifiable ways, such as time lost at work and anxiety.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 17 -- Time and tides
October 2, 2014 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the latest in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of the modality. In this installment, he discusses why time should always be on the patient's side.
Move over tomo? Dedicated breast CT has bright future
October 1, 2014 -- Although it's still an investigational modality, dedicated breast CT offers distinct benefits for diagnostic workup compared to other imaging modalities, according to an article published online in the Breast Journal.
Repetitive strain injury common among breast imagers
September 26, 2014 -- Almost 60% of breast imaging radiologists experience repetitive strain injury, and their symptoms are exacerbated by the use of PACS, longer work hours, higher imaging volumes, and pressure to submit reports quickly, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Choosing Wisely boosts use of short-course breast radiation therapy
September 25, 2014 -- The use of short-course radiation therapy protocols for breast cancer more than doubled after the American Society for Radiation Oncology recommended that shorter regimens be considered as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign. Still, shorter protocols are not common in the U.S., even though they may be preferred by patients.
New studies underline promise of digital breast tomosynthesis
September 25, 2014 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is superior to conventional digital mammography when detecting breast cancer in women with dense breasts, according to research presented at this month's International Congress of Radiology. DBT also has an edge for the characterization of masses.