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Techs often bear brunt of media misinformation about imaging
November 30, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Do you remember the ruckus last year when television celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz recommended on the "Dr. Oz Show" the use of thyroid shields during mammograms? While Oz appears to have changed his tune, social media continues to promote this misconception, according to an ASRT @ RSNA presentation at the RSNA meeting.
Low-dose mammo, wireless US probe, 3T MRI pace Siemens at RSNA
November 28, 2012 -- CHICAGO - A new digital mammography system with lower radiation dose, a wireless ultrasound probe, a 3-tesla MRI scanner designed for high-performance clinical and research work, and a new line of angiography systems are among the highlights in the RSNA 2012 booth of Siemens Healthcare.
CT dose reduction, PET/MRI pace Philips RSNA news
November 28, 2012 -- CHICAGO - New developments in CT dose reduction, an expansion of its digital MRI architecture, and new enhancements in PET/MRI are pacing product news in the RSNA 2012 booth of Philips Healthcare.
PET/MRI matches PET/CT for gynecological malignancies
November 27, 2012 -- CHICAGO - PET/MRI can be comparable to PET/CT and holds "great promise" for patients with gynecological malignancies, potentially reducing scan time and radiation exposure, according to a study presented on Monday at the RSNA annual meeting.
Tomosynthesis plus FFDM slashes recall rates
November 27, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Adding digital tomosynthesis to mammography for screening lowers recall rates by at least a third -- particularly in younger women or those with dense breast tissue, according to a scientific session given Monday afternoon at the RSNA meeting.
GE unites PACS and 3D, quiets MRI scans, shows ABUS at RSNA
November 27, 2012 -- CHICAGO - A variety of new technology is on display in the RSNA booth of GE Healthcare, ranging from an automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) scanner to MRI noise reduction techniques. The vendor will also highlight new image viewing software that unifies its PACS and advanced visualization applications into a single viewing platform.
Breast US could be option for primary cancer screening
November 25, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Breast cancer incidence is increasing worldwide, but screening mammography isn't always available. Could ultrasound serve as a primary test for breast cancer in countries without access to mammography? It's possible, according to research presented on Sunday at the RSNA meeting.
NEJM study eyes overdiagnosis, renews breast screening debate
November 21, 2012 -- Despite significant increases in the number of cases of early-stage breast cancer detected since the 1970s, screening mammography has only marginally reduced the rate at which women present with advanced cancer, according to new research published in the November 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Stereoscopic digital mammography reduces recall rates
November 13, 2012 -- A new 3D breast imaging technique, stereoscopic digital mammography, has the potential to improve the accuracy of breast cancer screening while also reducing recall rates, according to a study published online November 13 in Radiology.
GE taps interest in ABUS with U-Systems acquisition
November 9, 2012 -- You know you're onto something when the big boys come calling. GE Healthcare has announced its acquisition of automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) developer U-Systems, a move that highlights the rapid evolution of ABUS from a niche technology into a promising adjunct to screening mammography.
Quantitative methods find best digital mammo compression
November 2, 2012 -- Identifying the right compression ratios for digital images is never easy, especially for mammography. But Greek researchers believe they may have found a way to determine the optimal ratio though quantitative metrics, rather than subjective assessments such as radiologists' perceptions of image quality.
ASTRO: Rad therapy helps older women with breast cancer survive
October 31, 2012 -- Older women with early-stage, low-risk breast cancer who were treated with radiation therapy after breast-conserving surgery showed higher survival rates than those who did not have radiation therapy, a California study found. Results were presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting.
ASTRO: APBI with EBRT may not be best for breast cosmesis
October 31, 2012 -- Breast cancer patients who undergo breast-conserving surgery and then get accelerated partial-breast irradiation (APBI) with 3D external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT) have worse cosmetic outcomes than those who receive whole-breast irradiation, concluded research presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting.
U.K. panel seeks to end confusion on breast screening
October 30, 2012 -- Breast screening programs do extend lives and overall the benefits outweigh the harms, but overdiagnosis remains a serious cause for concern and requires more attention, an independent U.K. panel has found.
Using CAD 'on demand' may be more effective than prompts
October 30, 2012 -- Radiologists' ability to detect malignant breast masses is more accurate when computer-aided detection (CAD) marks are hidden until they are needed, rather than displayed while the radiologist reads a study, according to new research published online in Radiology.
ASTRO: No rise in heart problems after breast radiotherapy
October 29, 2012 -- Breast cancer patients who undergo radiation therapy do not have increased cardiac morbidity compared with patients undergoing radical mastectomy, indicating that routine radiation therapy is safe, according to a study presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting in Boston.
FDA panel gives nod to 2D synthetic mode for Hologic breast tomo
October 25, 2012 -- A U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel voted 9 to 1 on October 24 to recommend approval for a new imaging mode on the Selenia Dimensions 3D digital breast tomosynthesis system from Hologic that creates synthesized 2D images from 3D data.
Breast brachytherapy may cause more complications
October 25, 2012 -- Breast brachytherapy has become increasingly popular for older and elderly women with early-stage breast cancer, but they may wish to think twice before selecting this treatment, based on a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Minnies winners highlight importance of breast imaging
October 24, 2012 -- Every year since 2000, AuntMinnie.com has published the Minnies, our annual rankings of the best of the best in radiology. This year's winners offer a view of the expansive breadth of radiology, in addition to highlighting the ongoing importance of perhaps the specialty's most controversial technology: breast imaging.
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