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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.
Saudi hospital successfully implements IORT for breast cancer
December 9, 2013 -- Intraoperative radiation therapy for early-stage breast cancer was successfully implemented in a hospital in Saudi Arabia, spurring more installations in the region, according to a presentation by Dr. Yasir Bahadur at last week's RSNA meeting.
FDG-PET/MRI aids patients with suspected pelvic malignancy
December 4, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Evidence for the efficacy of whole-body FDG-PET/MRI continues to mount, as the hybrid modality outperformed MRI alone for staging women with suspected pelvic malignancies in a study presented at RSNA 2013 on Wednesday.
Siemens RSNA launches include Force CT scanner, angio unit
December 4, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Siemens Healthcare is launching a range of new products at this week's RSNA meeting, including the third generation of its dual-source CT architecture, a new angiography system, and a major ultrasound technology upgrade.
Breast tomosynthesis, density research highlighted at RSNA
December 4, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Study findings on the benefits of digital breast tomosynthesis and how tissue density affects a woman's breast cancer risk as she ages were highlighted on Tuesday at the RSNA meeting.
For tomosynthesis, 2D synthetic images could replace FFDM
December 3, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Synthetically reconstructed 2D images with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) was comparable to conventional 2D mammography with DBT for breast cancer screening, in a study presented on Tuesday at the RSNA conference.
New Revolution CT scanner paces GE's RSNA introductions
December 3, 2013 -- CHICAGO - A new CT scanner called Revolution that acquires 16 cm of data per rotation is the RSNA 2013 highlight for GE Healthcare. The vendor is also showcasing women's imaging, a rebranding of its automated breast ultrasound technology, and a new angiography system with large-format digital detectors.
Philips paces RSNA launches with PET/CT, CT, US scanners
December 2, 2013 -- CHICAGO - New technologies being launched by Philips Healthcare at this week's RSNA meeting include a PET/CT scanner with new digital detectors, a CT system optimized for spectral imaging, and an ultrasound platform designed for both cardiology and radiology applications.
Shear-wave elastography, ABUS help classify breast lesions
December 1, 2013 -- CHICAGO - High tumor stiffness at shear-wave elastography appears to predict lymph node metastasis in women with invasive breast cancer, and automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) turned in a similar diagnostic performance to handheld ultrasound, according to two studies presented on Sunday at the RSNA meeting.
Breast density advocate Cappello tells her story in JACR
December 1, 2013 -- The driving force behind the breast density notification movement -- Nancy Cappello, PhD -- tells her side of the story in the December issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. In the piece, she rebuts many of the arguments made by critics of mandatory density notification.

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