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Moments in Radiology History: Part 15 -- Mammography's roots
May 9, 2014 -- Today's debate over the value of breast screening is nothing new. In fact, controversy has dogged mammography almost since the technique was invented. In his latest installment of Moments in Radiology History, Otha Linton traces the mammography debate through the career of its earliest proponent, Dr. Robert L. Egan.
ARRS: Patients overestimate mammography radiation danger
May 5, 2014 -- Women overestimate the amount of radiation they receive from mammography exams, which could lead them to avoid screening, according to data presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting in San Diego.
ARRS: Diagnostic breast tomo reduces need for US, biopsies
May 5, 2014 -- Using breast tomosynthesis in diagnostic workup -- specifically, with one- or two-view focal asymmetries found at screening mammography -- reduces ultrasound use and leads to fewer biopsies compared to diagnostic mammography alone, according to research presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting in San Diego.
Brassieres help cut chest CT radiation dose
May 5, 2014 -- Wearing a bra during a chest CT scan can significantly reduce dose to radiosensitive tissues by holding breast tissue within the lower-dose region created by tube-current modulation techniques, concludes a new study in the May issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
ASBrS: For node-positive breast cancer, radiotherapy is best
May 5, 2014 -- Lymph node axillary radiotherapy is associated with significantly fewer complications than traditional axillary lymph node removal, and it may be poised to become the standard of care, according to research presented on April 30 at the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) meeting in Las Vegas.
Contrast-enhanced mammo effective in detecting breast lesions
April 25, 2014 -- While contrast-enhanced spectral mammography is a relatively new technique, two Egyptian studies show the advantage of using the technology for detecting breast lesions, and compare it favorably with more established imaging modalities.
JAMA IM: Mammo false positives don't create long-term anxiety
April 22, 2014 -- Mammography false positives are considered to be one of the harms of regular breast cancer screening. But receiving false-positive results doesn't seem to affect women's long-term anxiety -- and, in fact, may boost their intention to continue screening, according to a new study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Swiss board repeats call to abolish breast screening
April 16, 2014 -- Breast cancer screening programs in Switzerland should be wound down, as screening does not clearly produce more benefits than harms, according to an editorial by two members of the Swiss Medical Board published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
ACR, SBI take issue with Swiss NEJM commentary
April 16, 2014 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) have issued a joint statement strongly criticizing an article published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine that takes aim at breast cancer screening programs in Switzerland.
Digital mammography finds DCIS most likely to become cancer
April 16, 2014 -- Digital mammography finds more small, invasive breast cancers, but it also identifies more ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) -- some of which may never cause harm if undetected. But a new study in the April issue of Radiology claims that digital mammography tends to find DCIS lesions that are more likely to progress to cancer.
Annals opinions: Reboot needed on breast screening debate
April 8, 2014 -- It's time for both sides of the mammography screening debate to drop the same old arguments and start thinking about the problem of breast cancer in new ways, according to two opinion papers published online April 8 in Annals of Internal Medicine.
AIUM: Study finds women with dense breasts often skip US
April 3, 2014 -- LAS VEGAS - A new study found that fewer than 2% of women informed that they had dense breast tissue returned for follow-up exams with ultrasound, according to a talk at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) meeting. The study raises questions about the effectiveness of breast density laws in improving screening.
JAMA article attempts to clear mammography confusion
April 2, 2014 -- A new literature review published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association tries to clear the confusion of the breast screening debate by summarizing what is known about the benefits and risks of mammography. The authors hope the information will help women make more informed choices about breast screening.
Digital mammography causes less 'harm' than film-screen
April 2, 2014 -- Screening for breast cancer with digital rather than film-screen mammography lowers recall and biopsy rates, suggesting that the technology causes less "harm" to women and the healthcare system in the form of overdiagnosis or unnecessary biopsies, according to a new study published online April 1 in Radiology.
SIR: Y-90 radioembolization may offer chemo alternative
March 25, 2014 -- Radioembolization with yttrium-90 (Y-90) shows promise in treating breast cancer patients whose disease has spread to the liver and who have exhausted all other treatment options, according to a study presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) annual meeting.
Mammography texture analysis may predict false positives
March 24, 2014 -- False-positive results are an unfortunate aspect of mammography. But an algorithm that analyzes the texture of breast tissue on mammograms may be able to predict which patients are more likely to have negative biopsy results, paving the way for more individualized screening, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania.
NCoBC: Breast cancer screening requires difficult choices
March 24, 2014 -- It can be tough to run a breast care center as controversy swirls around the effectiveness of screening mammography. No matter where a facility falls in the debate, putting together a screening program demands hard choices, according to a presentation at the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCoBC) meeting in Las Vegas.
NCoBC: Sensory stimuli soothe women during mammograms
March 19, 2014 -- At least a quarter of women eligible for screening mammography avoid it because of fear of pain and anxiety, but this can be alleviated by adding soothing stimuli such as landscape scenes and aromatherapy to screening rooms, according to research presented at the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCoBC) meeting in Las Vegas.
NCoBC: Technologists have role in breast density education
March 18, 2014 -- Breast tissue density has become a much discussed element of a woman's breast cancer risk. Patients' lack of knowledge about breast density remains a concern, but radiologic technologists may be able to help, according to a talk on Monday at the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCoBC) meeting in Las Vegas.
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