NEJM: Are breast density notification laws actually helpful?
February 12, 2015 -- Twenty-one states have passed laws requiring women to be notified if their breast tissue is dense on mammography. But are the laws actually helpful? It's unclear, according to a perspective article published in the February 12 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
How interventional radiologists can make childbirth safer
February 12, 2015 -- Traumatic vaginal deliveries, cesarean sections, and invasive placenta conditions can result in excessive bleeding and hysterectomy, and may be life-threatening for women, but innovative interventional radiology treatments are making childbirth safer.
Koning positions breast CT scanner as 1-stop diagnostic shop
February 11, 2015 -- With approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now in hand for its breast CT scanner, Koning plans to market the 3D system as the ultimate one-stop diagnostic workup tool. Breast screening applications will have to wait, however, pending further study.
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.