Hospital websites must improve mammography patient info
September 21, 2016 -- More than half of U.S. hospitals with websites and breast cancer screening services offer online mammography patient education material. But is the material understandable to patients? Not as often as it should be, says a new study in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
ACOs boost use of screening mammography
September 20, 2016 -- Healthcare reforms such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) appear to boost utilization rates for screening mammography -- for some demographic groups by as much as 42%. This suggests that incentive-based programs like ACOs could boost quality and cut costs, according to a new study published online September 20 in Radiology.
MQSA meeting to address image quality, breast density
September 14, 2016 -- Should U.S. mammography facilities be meeting higher standards for image quality? And should requirements on breast density be added to the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA)? These questions will be debated on September 15 in a meeting of the U.S. National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee.
Zika's rapid spread on MRI scans shocks researchers
September 13, 2016 -- Researchers using MRI to study the Zika virus in a pregnant monkey said they were "shocked" at how quickly the virus spread from the animal to its fetus. The findings could shape efforts to develop a vaccine for the disease, according to a study published online September 12 in Nature Medicine.
SDMS takes issue with ultrasound autism study
September 9, 2016 -- The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) is expressing concern that a recent study linking first-trimester ultrasound with more severe autism symptoms may lead pregnant women to skip or delay a medically necessary examination.
MRI scans during 1st trimester of pregnancy are safe
September 6, 2016 -- MRI in the first trimester of pregnancy does not put the fetus at increased risk of stillbirth, birth defects, hearing loss, or childhood cancer, according to a study published in the September 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Can 1st-trimester ultrasound affect autism severity?
September 6, 2016 -- In a disturbing new finding, first-trimester ultrasound was linked to greater severity of autism symptoms, including poorer cognitive outcomes and increased repetitive behaviors, in fetuses with a genetic predisposition to autism spectrum disorder, according to research published online September 1 in Autism Research.
Screening reduces late-stage breast cancer in Calif.
September 2, 2016 -- Cancer screening in California has resulted in a decline in the number of late-stage diagnoses for breast cancer, while late-stage diagnoses for other cancers -- such as cervical and prostate cancer -- are increasing, according to a new report.
Take that, Watson: Radiologists 'sense' cancer in images
August 30, 2016 -- Have you ever pulled up an image and had a feeling that something wasn't right? You might not be imagining things, according to an August 29 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
AI could help reduce unnecessary breast biopsies
August 29, 2016 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) technology could help reduce unnecessary breast biopsies, according to a new study published online August 29 in Cancer.
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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