AHRA: Building a better breast cancer screening program
August 2, 2016 -- Back in the day, screening for breast cancer mostly consisted of a mammography exam. But with increased understanding of risk factors such as breast density and the advent of new technologies, breast cancer screening isn't a one-size-fits-all endeavor anymore, according to a presentation at the AHRA 2016 meeting in Nashville, TN.
Is MBI a better alternative for dense breast screening?
August 1, 2016 -- Almost half of women eligible for breast cancer screening have dense tissue -- a characteristic that can limit conventional mammography's performance. To work around this, clinicians need supplemental imaging modalities, and molecular breast imaging (MBI) is an effective option, according to a study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Screening uptake remains patchy in Turkey
August 1, 2016 -- In spite of Turkey's growing income levels, cancer screening coverage continues to be relatively poor among women, and their educational level, access to social security, and lifestyle factors have a crucial impact on screening rates, researchers have found.
Breaking BI-RADS: Breast density measures vary widely
July 20, 2016 -- About half of U.S. states have laws that require women to be notified if they have dense breast tissue -- and counseled to discuss supplemental screening. But are BI-RADS breast density assessments consistent among radiologists? Not so much, according to a study published online July 18 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
DBT finds more cancers, but also boosts false positives
July 19, 2016 -- Combining 3D digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) with 2D mammography images -- both actual and synthetic -- finds more cases of breast cancer than mammography alone, especially in younger women and those with dense breasts. But it also increases recall rates, according to a study published online in Lancet Oncology.
FDG-PET/CT aids assessment of lower-stage breast cancer
June 29, 2016 -- FDG-PET/CT's ability to find a significant number of distant metastases in patients with newly diagnosed stage IIB triple-negative breast cancer suggests that current guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network for the modality's use may need to be revised.
How do breast density laws affect radiology practice?
June 27, 2016 -- Since 2009, 28 states have enacted breast density notification legislation -- a victory, say women's health advocates. So how are radiologists reacting, particularly in regard to assessing breast cancer risk and offering supplemental imaging? With caution, according to a new study published in The Breast Journal.
Prostate radiotracer may benefit breast cancer imaging
June 24, 2016 -- A radiotracer recently cleared for PET imaging of recurrent prostate cancer may have similar efficacy for certain forms of breast cancer, according to a study presented at last week's Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging meeting.
Supine MRI in the OR can improve breast surgery outcome
June 23, 2016 -- Performing breast MRI in the supine position in the operating room (OR) immediately after breast conservation surgery may help surgeons better find and assess residual tumors, while patients potentially avoid follow-up surgery, according to a new study published online June 22 in Radiology.
SNMMI: FDG-PET predicts breast cancer outcomes
June 15, 2016 -- SAN DIEGO - FDG-PET is a considerably better predictor of treatment response and outcome than fluoride-PET for breast cancer patients with metastatic bone lesions, concluded researchers on Tuesday at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) conference.
Special Feature
New USPSTF mammography guidelines serve up more of the same
New USPSTF mammography guidelines serve up more of the same

On January 12, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released its final recommendations for screening mammography -- and the guidelines offer nothing new when compared to both the USPSTF's April draft recommendations and its 2009 version. Read more

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