How does breast tomosynthesis affect screening recall rates?
January 30, 2015 -- Data from digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) studies dominated the recent RSNA 2014 meeting, with a special emphasis placed on how the technology affects screening recall rates. For example, one study explored how radiologists' experience might affect recall rates with DBT, while another investigated how DBT could affect recall rates in women undergoing baseline breast cancer screening.
Adding MBI to mammography finds more cancers in dense tissue
January 27, 2015 -- Adding molecular breast imaging (MBI) to conventional mammography finds more cancers in women with dense breast tissue -- and at acceptable radiation doses for screening, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
JAMA: Breast cancer diagnosis and survival vary by race
January 16, 2015 -- Race and ethnicity influence the likelihood that women in the U.S. will receive an early diagnosis of breast cancer, as well as their survival after stage I diagnosis, according to a study published in the new issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
CAD for breast CT is improved with spiculation detection
January 15, 2015 -- University of Chicago researchers significantly improved the performance of their computer-aided detection (CAD) algorithm for breast CT studies by having it detect lesion spiculation automatically, according to a new study.
Annual DBT screening could slash health costs, study finds
January 14, 2015 -- By reducing recalls and catching breast cancer earlier, digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) could yield hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. healthcare cost savings if it were added to mammography for annual breast cancer screening, according to a new study conducted by Truven Health Analytics.
CT's expansion puts emphasis on dose in Middle East
January 14, 2015 -- At least 11 new CT scanners are due to be installed between now and March across Dubai and the north of the United Arab Emirates, and such rapid growth means the authorities are putting renewed emphasis on radiation protection and patient safety.
Half of Calif. primary care docs unaware of breast density law
January 7, 2015 -- Half of California's primary care physicians are unaware of the state's breast density notification law, which suggests that the legislation has been unsuccessful in promoting discussions between women and their caregivers about breast cancer risk, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Tomo plus digital mammography decreases recalls by 37%
January 5, 2015 -- Adding tomosynthesis to digital mammography for breast cancer screening reduces recall rates by 37%, with the technique recording better performance for certain types of breast abnormalities, according to a new study in the January issue of Radiology.
ACS: Cancer deaths drop 22% over 2 decades
January 2, 2015 -- The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently reported that there has been a 22% drop in mortality from cancer in the U.S. over the past two decades, a decline that translates into the avoidance of over 1.5 million cancer deaths.
FDA warns against keepsake fetal US, heartbeat monitors
December 16, 2014 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a consumer update to strongly discourage pregnant women from obtaining fetal keepsake ultrasound images and videos, as well as using over-the-counter Doppler fetal ultrasound heartbeat monitors.