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FDG-PET/CT benefits breast cancer patients younger than 40
September 17, 2014 -- While guidelines recommend FDG-PET/CT only as an optional workup for women with stage III breast cancer, the hybrid modality can help women younger than 40 who have potentially aggressive stage II breast cancer, according to a study published online September 11 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
ASCO BCS research highlights benefits of mobile mammo, PET/MR
September 15, 2014 -- Screening for breast cancer with mammography isn't perfect -- and neither are the modalities used to track women already diagnosed with the disease. At the recent American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Breast Cancer Symposium (BCS) in San Francisco, researchers discussed ways to find and track breast cancer more effectively.
New SRU pregnancy criteria won't prompt many more scans
September 11, 2014 -- More stringent diagnostic criteria from the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU) for determining early in the first trimester if a pregnancy has no chance of producing a live baby will not lead to a huge increase in follow-up ultrasound exams, San Francisco researchers have found.
Clinical audit sheds light on breast MRI performance
September 11, 2014 -- You can't manage what you can't measure. This maxim by quality expert W. Edwards Deming can easily be applied to breast MRI: Despite its growing use, the exam still lacks adequate benchmarks for assessing quality, according to a study published in the September Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Breast screening controversies spark debate at ICR 2014
September 10, 2014 -- DUBAI - Greater consideration should be given to a woman's total quality of life in the breast screening debate. That was the take-home message of a keynote lecture by Dr. Rola Shaheen at this week's International Congress of Radiology (ICR 2014).
Most common mammo screening barrier? Lack of interest
September 9, 2014 -- In rural Kentucky, the most common barrier to regular mammography screening may be a lack of interest on the part of women, according to research presented at the recent American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Symposium in San Francisco.
ASCO: Personalized breast screening doesn't mean no screening
September 5, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO - The development of personalized breast screening protocols shouldn't result in more restrictive screening policies in which women are screened less frequently and at older ages, according to a talk by Dr. Stephen Feig at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Breast Cancer Symposium.
Elastography techniques help characterize breast lesions
September 5, 2014 -- Both strain elastography and shear-wave elastography can combine well with B-mode ultrasound to improve differentiation of malignant and benign breast lesions, South Korean researchers recently reported in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.
GE to highlight unique features of SenoClaire DBT system
September 4, 2014 -- While it's not the first company to have a digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) system on the U.S. market, GE Healthcare believes its SenoClaire has unique features that will differentiate it from the competition -- including lower radiation dose, a key factor in the debate over whether DBT should replace conventional mammography.
Signed letters improve mammography screening compliance
September 2, 2014 -- Canadian researchers found that the simple intervention of sending women a signed letter from their family physician boosted screening mammography return rates, according to a September 2 press conference held in advance of the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Symposium in San Francisco.
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.

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