Breast tomosynthesis adoption uneven across the U.S. June 17, 2014 -- When used with digital mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis has been shown to improve the diagnostic accuracy of breast cancer screening and diagnosis. But exactly how and where is it being used in the U.S.? Researchers investigated this question and presented their findings in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Synthesized 2D images dramatically reduce DBT radiation dose June 13, 2014 -- Breast imagers reading 2D images synthetically reconstructed from digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) data had comparable performance to those reading conventional 2D mammography and DBT scans for breast cancer screening, while exposing women to less radiation dose, according to a study published in the June issue of Radiology.
Cancer: Screening mammo cuts incidence of late-stage cancer June 12, 2014 -- Over the past 30 years, screening mammography has not only identified more early-stage breast cancer, it decreased the incidence of late-stage disease by more than a third, according to a study published online in the journal Cancer.
MDCT: Kalender offers update on breast CT June 12, 2014 -- Clinical trials for a high-resolution breast CT scanner will begin in Germany in early 2015, according to a talk by Willi Kalender, PhD, at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT (MDCT). The hope is that the technology will outperform full-field digital mammography and breast tomosynthesis at equivalent dose levels.
Incidental findings on CT predict cardiovascular disease risk May 28, 2014 -- Incidental findings on routine chest CT exams can be used to accurately predict risk for serious cardiovascular events, according to a just-published study in Radiology. Such findings could be preclinical signs of atherosclerosis and support an imaging-based model for risk prediction.
Talks by radiologists can reduce patient anxiety over screening May 27, 2014 -- Screening mammography is under intense scrutiny, with critics questioning its efficacy and calling attention to its harms -- including patient anxiety in the face of false positives. Direct and proactive education offered by mammographers can counter these questions, according to research presented at the recent American Roentgen Ray Society meeting.
Mary's Musings: Can big data add insight to breast screening? May 22, 2014 -- Dr. Mary Morrison Saltz enters the fray over breast screening in this month's column, in which she addresses the uncertainty over whether screening mammography is effective and how it might be improved. She also makes a surprising confession of her own.
Uterine artery embolization (UAE) in the UAE May 21, 2014 -- Since it was first introduced in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) several years ago, uterine artery embolization has become a popular procedure for many young women who have symptomatic uterine fibroids. In this article, the team that introduced UAE to the UAE describes the procedure and its advantages.
Study: Do fetal anatomy US scans earlier in obese women May 19, 2014 -- Morbidly obese pregnant women face a greater risk of poor outcomes and can be difficult to image adequately on prenatal ultrasound. For that reason, fetal anatomy ultrasound scans should be performed earlier in these women, with the optimal gestational age for scans dropping as body mass index goes up.
Moments in Radiology History: Part 15 -- Mammography's roots May 9, 2014 -- Today's debate over the value of breast screening is nothing new. In fact, controversy has dogged mammography almost since the technique was invented. In his latest installment of Moments in Radiology History, Otha Linton traces the mammography debate through the career of its earliest proponent, Dr. Robert L. Egan.