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Why does breast US find cancers mammography doesn't?
February 20, 2014 -- Most breast cancers detected at screening ultrasound are not seen on mammograms, even in retrospect, which suggests that supplemental screening with ultrasound is beneficial for high-risk women -- especially those with dense tissue, according to a new study published in the February issue of Radiology.
BSGI is effective in women of all breast densities
February 13, 2014 -- In a clinical trial inspired by the growing breast density awareness movement, researchers from Washington, DC, found that breast-specific gamma imaging (BSGI) is effective at identifying cancer in women of all breast densities, according to a paper in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
We do not want to go back to the Dark Ages of breast screening
February 12, 2014 -- The publication of long-term follow-up results in BMJ from the Canadian National Breast Screening Study has revived an ongoing debate over the methods used in the trial. In this Second Opinion article, Dr. László Tabár of the University of Uppsala presents his view of the study.
New data from Canadian study revive breast screening battle
February 11, 2014 -- The battle over breast screening was revived yet again this week with data from a controversial Canadian study in BMJ that cast doubt on mammography's effectiveness for women ages 40 to 59. Mammography proponents quickly rose to point out flaws in the trial, which contradicts other population-based breast screening studies.
2-view tomo boosts diagnostic accuracy, reduces recalls
February 7, 2014 -- Adding one-view digital breast tomosynthesis to screening with conventional digital mammography improves diagnostic accuracy and reduces recall rates -- and adding two-view tomo increases the benefit even further, according to a new study in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Study renews call for less frequent breast cancer screening
February 4, 2014 -- The U.S. could save billions of dollars each year by offering breast cancer screening to women every two years rather than on an annual basis, according to a study in the February 4 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. But mammography proponents are already stepping up to dispute the study's findings.
German study gives photon-counting mammography high marks
February 4, 2014 -- German researchers found that mammography screening with a photon-counting digital mammography system turned in higher cancer detection rates at lower radiation doses than conventional digital mammography units in a real-world screening environment, according to a new study in Radiology.
Research sheds light on why MRI CAD misses cancers
February 3, 2014 -- Despite its ability to improve the detection of breast cancer, breast MRI computer-aided detection (CAD) software still misses some. Several factors can affect the detection capabilities of the software, Korean researchers have found.
WBUS: Better than DBT as adjunct to mammography?
January 31, 2014 -- Whole-breast ultrasound (WBUS) is still a valuable adjunct to conventional mammography, even if digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is available, according to Yale University researchers, who discovered that WBUS found some cancers that DBT missed.
Screening mammo for younger women reduces treatment risks
January 30, 2014 -- In addition to finding breast cancer earlier and thus reducing mortality rates, screening mammography for women ages 40 to 49 reduces their need for chemotherapy and their exposure to its risks, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Arab Health: Multimodality imaging key to managing breast cancer
January 27, 2014 -- DUBAI - Finding a suspicious breast lesion is just the start of the path toward optimal management and treatment of breast cancer, and multiple imaging modalities should be used, according to a talk by Dr. Rola Shaheen on the opening day of the Total Radiology sessions at Arab Health 2014.
Adding tomo to mammography boosts reading time
January 23, 2014 -- Adding digital breast tomosynthesis to mammography significantly increases image interpretation time, which begs the question of how using the technologies together affects clinical efficiency, according to a new study published in the January issue of Radiology.
Study shows preabortion ultrasound doesn't often change decisions
January 14, 2014 -- Although many abortion opponents believe that women who view ultrasound scans of their fetuses will cancel their decision to pursue abortions, a new study in Obstetrics and Gynecology suggests the impact of the scans may be limited.
Breast biopsy payment cuts could revive open surgeries
January 13, 2014 -- Could open surgical breast biopsy experience a revival? That could be the outcome if deep Medicare cuts to payments for stereotactic breast biopsy procedures are implemented in 2014, according to women's imaging advocates.
New JAMA IM article aims to quantify 'harms' of mammography
January 2, 2014 -- Mammography skeptic Dr. Gilbert Welch has published a new article in JAMA Internal Medicine intended to add some clarity to the debate over mammography screening by quantifying its benefits and harms. But mammography proponents are questioning a number of Welch's conclusions.
Rads equally comfortable with handheld, whole-breast US
December 30, 2013 -- Radiologists show equal confidence in visualizing suspicious masses with automated and handheld breast ultrasound, which could decrease the amount of handheld imaging used in diagnostic clinics, according to research presented at the recent RSNA 2013 meeting.
Study finds more evidence of drop in breast imaging utilization
December 23, 2013 -- In recent years, use of all breast imaging examinations has decreased, which could lead to a greater incidence of breast cancer in the future, according to research presented at the recent RSNA 2013 meeting in Chicago.
Sonographers can reliably handle screening breast US
December 20, 2013 -- For screening breast ultrasound studies, can sonographers deliver a performance comparable to that of radiologists? Turns out they can, according to research presented at the recent RSNA 2013 meeting in Chicago.
Quantitative 3D image analysis enables DCIS staging
December 16, 2013 -- Quantitative 3D breast image analysis of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) on dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI can potentially shed light on the prognosis of these often mysterious lesions, according to research presented at RSNA 2013.
SABCS: Breast screening controversy is artificial
December 12, 2013 -- The controversy over the effect of mammographic screening on breast cancer mortality is largely contrived, according to study results presented on December 11 at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS).
Discrepancies trigger Ontario radiology peer-review program
December 11, 2013 -- Formal radiology peer review will be implemented across the province of Ontario after an 18.2% discrepancy rate was uncovered in an external review of images read by Ontario radiologist Dr. Ivo Slezic. The review's findings were released last week by Trillium Health Partners.

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