DBT recall rate decreases are sustained over time
December 29, 2016 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) has been shown to reduce recall rates and increase cancer detection in screening when compared with digital mammography. But are these improved performance metrics sustained over time?
Density notification letters leave women with questions
December 21, 2016 -- Connecticut passed the first breast tissue density notification law seven years ago. Now 28 states have enacted similar legislation, mandating that women be informed if they have dense tissue. But even if women understand the content of notification letters, do they know what to do next? Not necessarily, according to a talk given at the RSNA 2016 meeting.
6 tips for top-notch breast cancer risk assessment
December 19, 2016 -- Breast imaging centers are being pressed to offer tailored services beyond imaging that take an individual woman's risk factors into account. So how can a center provide top-notch risk assessment -- that's also feasible? There are six things to consider, according to a talk at the RSNA 2016 meeting.
Breast cancer screening gaps exist for minority women
December 16, 2016 -- Breast cancer screening disparities exist across racial groups in the U.S. -- with possible negative effects on the health of black and Hispanic women, according to a new study published on December 16 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
How should BI-RADS 3 breast lesions be followed up?
December 14, 2016 -- Supplemental ultrasound screening for women with dense breasts finds cancers that mammography does not, but it also leads to many follow-up studies at short intervals. BI-RADS 3 lesions could be followed up at 12 months, however, according to preliminary results presented recently at RSNA 2016 in Chicago.
Does screening DBT increase short-term follow-up rates?
December 13, 2016 -- Screening digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) has been shown to reduce recall rates, increase cancer detection, and identify more invasive cancers. But does it also boost short-term follow-up rates? Researchers sought to answer this question in a study published online December 2 in Academic Radiology.
Repeat fetal ultrasound screenings may be unnecessary
December 12, 2016 -- How often does a repeat screening fetal ultrasound study performed because of an incomplete initial exam actually detect abnormal fetal anatomy? Not very often, according to research published in the December issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
SABCS: Global breast cancer mortality rates decline
December 9, 2016 -- Breast cancer mortality rates continue to fall around the world, but there are disparities, particularly in South Korea and Latin America, according to a study presented this week at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS).
SABCS: RT complicates breast implant reconstruction
December 8, 2016 -- Radiation therapy (RT) may increase complications in breast cancer patients who undergo implant reconstruction, according to a study presented this week at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS). But those patients who undergo autologous, or "flap" reconstruction, are not as susceptible to complications.
Risk-based mammo screening misses almost 60% of cancers
December 7, 2016 -- A risk-based breast cancer screening protocol for women younger than 50 could miss almost 60% of detectable cancers, compared with an age-based strategy, according to a presentation given at the recent RSNA 2016 meeting in Chicago.
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Improving the patient experience benefits everyone

As a diagnostic radiologist, Dr. Jennifer Adams has always been sensitive to the concerns and fears that patients can have when faced with medical imaging procedures. But she gained a new perspective when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 38. Read more