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DBT plus 2D mammography improves radiologist performance
August 21, 2014 -- The clinical performance of radiologists improves when digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is combined with conventional 2D full-field digital mammography for breast cancer screening, according to research published in the September issue of Academic Radiology.
JAMA IM: Older high-risk patients still getting cancer screenings
August 20, 2014 -- A substantial number of patients 65 years or older with limited life expectancy still receive routine screenings for cancer, despite the fact that they are unlikely to benefit from treatment procedures, according to a study published online August 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
MRI finds 2nd cancers after breast conservation therapy
August 14, 2014 -- Women who have had breast conservation therapy have an increased risk of developing second breast cancers, and they require careful tracking. But which modality is most effective? MRI, according to a new study published in Radiology.
Study supports regular mammography screening in older women
August 5, 2014 -- Mammography-detected breast cancer is associated with a shift toward earlier-stage diagnosis in women 75 years and older, subsequently reducing the rate of more advanced, difficult-to-treat cases, according to a new study published online in Radiology.
Standard mammography image processing best for calcifications
July 31, 2014 -- Standard image processing algorithms help mammography detect calcification clusters more effectively than low-contrast or film-screen algorithms and could reduce false positives, according to a new study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
ACR urges CMS to cover breast tomosynthesis
July 24, 2014 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) is urging the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reimburse providers for the extra cost of digital breast tomosynthesis. Women currently have to pay extra for tomosynthesis out of pocket, despite growing evidence of the technology's superiority over conventional digital mammography.
Google Trends: A new source for women's health research?
July 16, 2014 -- Online searches have become a major source of public health information, used by researchers to track hot topics such as the spread of infectious disease. But analyzing Internet searches could also help monitor patient knowledge and anxiety about noninfectious diseases such as breast cancer, according to a new study.
Doctor bonuses do not boost screening compliance
July 15, 2014 -- The Canadian province of Ontario spent almost $110 million ($102 million U.S.) on bonuses intended to motivate family physicians to screen more of their patients for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer, but the program didn't translate into improved screening rates, according to a new study in the Annals of Family Medicine.
HOPPS 2015 rule would boost breast biopsy payments
July 10, 2014 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a proposed rule for its 2015 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS), bringing good news to radiology in the form of a 51% increase in payment for breast biopsy procedures.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 16 -- Breast ultrasound screening
July 10, 2014 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the 16th 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 breast cancer screening in general and the role of ultrasound in particular.
Study: Older women don't benefit from new breast technology
July 1, 2014 -- Medicare is paying millions of dollars for new breast imaging technologies for older women that aren't having a measurable effect on cancer detection, according to a new study published July 1 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Breast cancer risk profiles differ in developing nations
July 1, 2014 -- Breast cancer incidence is rising all over the world, especially in developing countries, where its epidemiological features differ from those in Western countries, according to a study in the European Journal of Cancer that used North African countries as an example.
Volume trumps experience when reading mammograms
June 30, 2014 -- When reading screening mammograms, the number of studies read per year is more important in determining the ability to detect cancer than the experience of the reader, according to a new study in the Journal of Medical Imaging that compared U.S. and Australian radiologists.
Native American, rural women have less access to breast MRI
June 27, 2014 -- Most U.S. women have relatively easy access to mammography and breast ultrasound, but breast MRI presents a greater challenge, especially for Native American women and those in rural areas, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
4-scan PET/MRI exams improve breast imaging
June 25, 2014 -- Austrian researchers added PET/CT to a package of three MRI sequences to create fused PET/MR images, which they found aided in the differentiation of suspicious breast lesions, according to a new study published online in Clinical Cancer Research.
JAMA: Adding tomo to mammography finds more cancer
June 24, 2014 -- Adding digital breast tomosynthesis to mammography screening boosts the detection of invasive cancer by more than a third compared to mammography alone while reducing the number of false positives by 15%, according to a study in the June 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
DBT not only finds more cancers, but more invasive ones
June 18, 2014 -- In community practice, digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) performed better than conventional 2D mammography, reducing recall rates, increasing overall cancer detection, and increasing the detection of invasive cancer, according to research published online June 11 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Breast tomosynthesis adoption uneven across the U.S.
June 17, 2014 -- When used with digital mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis has been shown to improve the diagnostic accuracy of breast cancer screening and diagnosis. But exactly how and where is it being used in the U.S.? Researchers investigated this question and presented their findings in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Synthesized 2D images dramatically reduce DBT radiation dose
June 13, 2014 -- Breast imagers reading 2D images synthetically reconstructed from digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) data had comparable performance to those reading conventional 2D mammography and DBT scans for breast cancer screening, while exposing women to less radiation dose, according to a study published in the June issue of Radiology.
Cancer: Screening mammo cuts incidence of late-stage cancer
June 12, 2014 -- Over the past 30 years, screening mammography has not only identified more early-stage breast cancer, it decreased the incidence of late-stage disease by more than a third, according to a study published online in the journal Cancer.
MDCT: Kalender offers update on breast CT
June 12, 2014 -- Clinical trials for a high-resolution breast CT scanner will begin in Germany in early 2015, according to a talk by Willi Kalender, PhD, at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT (MDCT). The hope is that the technology will outperform full-field digital mammography and breast tomosynthesis at equivalent dose levels.
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