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New BI-RADS uncouples assessment and management
March 11, 2014 -- VIENNA - The fifth edition of the BI-RADS atlas has been released, and while there have been several changes, perhaps the most important is the uncoupling of the assessment category and management recommendation, according to presenters at an ECR 2014 session on Sunday afternoon.
Use MRI to diagnose PIP breast implant ruptures, Dutch say
March 8, 2014 -- VIENNA - MRI has high accuracy in diagnosing rupture in silicone breast implants, ECR 2014 delegates learned on Saturday morning. This is particularly useful as many women are being imaged regardless of symptoms due to the recent recall of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) silicone breast implants.
'Opportunity' knocking for women demanding mammograms
March 7, 2014 -- VIENNA - Opportunistic screening accounts for nearly a quarter of all referred mammograms in the Netherlands. And contrary to expectations, there is no difference among age groups, delegates at ECR 2014 learned on Friday morning.
New radiographers outperform older counterparts at breast positioning
March 7, 2014 -- VIENNA - Older does not connote wiser, at least in the case of breast radiographers. In a surprising study from the Netherlands presented on Thursday at ECR 2014, researchers found that new radiographers performed better than experienced ones in terms of breast positioning.
Short-term follow-up OK for BI-RADS 3 lesions on MRI
March 4, 2014 -- The malignancy rate is comparable for lesions detected at mammography and those found on MRI that are probably benign, which means that short-term follow-up is acceptable for women with no history of breast cancer, according to a new study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Canadian ob/gyns, rads target entertainment ultrasound
February 20, 2014 -- The growing use of fetal ultrasound for nonmedical purposes has prompted two Canadian medical societies to issue a statement against the scans, which have been linked to gender-specific abortion in the country.
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.
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.
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