Use of short-course whole-breast irradiation after surgery increases
December 11, 2014 -- The use of short-course whole-breast irradiation after breast-conserving surgery increased among women with early-stage breast cancer between 2008 and 2013, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association. But its use still remains lower in the U.S. than in other countries.
AIM: Breast density follow-up may not be cost-effective
December 8, 2014 -- In what could be a blow to the growing breast density notification movement, a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found that following up women with dense breast tissue using supplemental screening ultrasound results in only limited health gains and higher healthcare costs.
Not all tomo recalls benefit from mammography evaluation
December 4, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Patients recalled from screening with full-field digital mammography plus digital breast tomosynthesis do not all benefit equally from additional mammography for diagnostic evaluation, according to a presentation given on Wednesday at RSNA 2014.
Philips displays new spectral CT, MRI technology
December 3, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Philips Healthcare is highlighting a number of new technologies in its booth at RSNA 2014, including spectral CT and a new 1.5-tesla MRI scanner, as well as advancements in ultrasound, molecular imaging, and interventional x-ray.
Video from RSNA 2014: Dr. Daniel Kopans on the breast screening controversy
December 3, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Dr. Daniel Kopans of Massachusetts General Hospital discusses with AuntMinnie.com at RSNA 2014 what he believes is the ongoing effort to deny women access to mammography screening based on scientifically flawed publications in medical journals.
TMIST: Coming soon to a center near you?
December 3, 2014 -- CHICAGO - In many cases, testifying to the benefits of digital breast tomosynthesis is like preaching to the choir: There's no need to win over any skeptics in the room. But the fact is that tomosynthesis data come from a limited number of studies, all conducted with a single device and many performed at a single site.
Siemens RSNA highlights cover MRI, CT, US
December 2, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Siemens Healthcare is promoting a range of new technologies in its booth at RSNA 2014, including a 1.5-tesla MRI scanner, a single-source CT scanner optimized for spectral imaging, and ultrasound and interventional x-ray enhancements.
DBT finds 30% more cancer than mammo in dense breast tissue
December 2, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to full-field digital mammography improves cancer detection in women with dense breast tissue by 30% versus mammography alone, according to research presented on Tuesday at the RSNA 2014 meeting.
Risk-based screening misses more than 75% of breast cancers
December 2, 2014 -- CHICAGO - A risk-based approach to screening mammography -- that is, limiting screening to women with a very strong family history of breast cancer or extremely dense breasts -- would reduce by more than 75% the number of screen-detected cancers in younger women, according to study results to be presented on Thursday.
Post-Connecticut, how is breast ultrasound performing?
November 30, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Five years after the first breast density notification law was passed in Connecticut, 18 other states have inked their own versions of the legislation. In this context, how is screening breast ultrasound actually performing? The results are mixed, according to research presented on Sunday at RSNA 2014.