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Unusual breast implant sensations while flying: Mystery solved
April 3, 2013 -- For more than 30 years, women with breast implants have said they feel strange sensations when flying at high altitudes in commercial airplanes -- sensations that can persist even after landing. Long considered a myth, a radiologist explained the cause in a letter published in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Better communication lowers women's breast biopsy anxiety
April 1, 2013 -- Women's perceptions of better communication with radiologists is associated with lower levels of anxiety both before and after breast biopsies, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
NCBC: Cloud-based image sharing enhances breast care
March 27, 2013 -- Cloud-based image sharing improves care at breast centers while also reducing costs, according to a presentation on Tuesday at this week's National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) annual conference in Las Vegas.
NCBC: Does DCIS need to be treated?
March 26, 2013 -- To treat or not to treat ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). That particular question continues to be debated decades after mammography screening first began to uncover "preclinical" lesions such as DCIS, according to a March 26 presentation at the annual National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) meeting in Las Vegas.
IMRT produces excellent results for endometrial cancer
March 26, 2013 -- The use of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for gynecologic cancers is increasing, but outcomes data are still lacking. An article published in the March issue of Gynecologic Oncology about the outcomes of high-risk endometrial cancer patients adds to the literature and brings positive news.
NCBC: Breast centers must reach out to survive
March 25, 2013 -- How can breast centers navigate the shifting landscape of healthcare reform, reimbursement pressure, and evidence-based medicine? By reaching out to form patient care teams with other providers and tracking performance, according to a March 24 talk at the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) meeting in Las Vegas.
Breast tomosynthesis challenges digital imaging infrastructure
March 21, 2013 -- While the advent of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) in the U.S. has added an exciting weapon to the breast imaging armamentarium, these new capabilities have also led to significant image management challenges. DBT adopters need to be aware of and plan for issues such as large file sizes and proprietary file formats.
Jury still out on whether DBT can replace 2D mammography
March 21, 2013 -- More evidence is needed before radiologists can determine unequivocally that digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is ready to replace standard digital mammography, according to a literature review published online in the Breast journal. Fortunately, a number of research studies under way could prove that point.
Mammography false positives cause mental anguish in women
March 19, 2013 -- False-positive findings on screening mammography cause mental anguish in women that can linger for years after the findings are first reported, according to a new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine.
JAMA IM: Breast screening every 2 years OK for most women
March 18, 2013 -- For most women between the ages of 40 and 74, biennial screening mammograms are just as effective as annual exams in identifying advanced-stage breast cancer, reported a study published online on Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. Less frequent screening also reduces false-positive results and biopsies.
Mammography debate is the most recent in a tumultuous history
March 15, 2013 -- What are the roots of the present-day mammography debate? In an excerpt from his book on the history of mammography, radiologist Dr. Handel Reynolds explains the origins of the idea that early cancer detection could save women's lives, as well as how it has affected the use of mammography as a screening tool.
NEJM: RT boosts heart disease risk in breast cancer patients
March 14, 2013 -- Radiation therapy (RT) has played a key role in reducing breast cancer mortality rates, but even at low doses it can increase a woman's risk of heart disease, according to new research published on March 14 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Including menopause as factor aids breast US performance
March 9, 2013 -- VIENNA - Menopause has an important influence on breast elasticity as measured by elasticity parameters, according to study results presented this week at ECR 2013. Taking this factor into consideration may help improve the diagnostic performance of breast sonoelastography, the researchers found.
Rads judge breast density the same for digital, analog mammo
February 28, 2013 -- Mammography images can look significantly different based on whether they were acquired with a digital or analog system. But such differences in appearance don't seem to affect the ability of radiologists to score breast density accurately, according to a study in the March issue of Radiology.
Experts discuss proton therapy's potential for breast cancer
February 27, 2013 -- Proton therapy is currently used to treat brain, spine, and prostate cancers, as well as many pediatric tumors. Earlier this month, experts from some of the leading U.S. cancer centers gathered to discuss the emerging role of proton therapy in breast cancer.
Ultrasound CAD aids in characterizing breast lesions
February 6, 2013 -- Ultrasound computer-aided detection (CAD) technology can improve reader accuracy and diagnostic confidence for distinguishing between benign and malignant breast lesions, according to Japanese researchers.
Accelerated RT with boost works well for breast cancer patients
February 6, 2013 -- Accelerated whole-breast radiation therapy (RT), which shortens radiation treatment duration by half, is proved to be as effective as conventional therapy for early-stage breast cancer patients. Whether a concomitant boost is needed remains a subject of debate among radiation oncologists due to the overall treatment's potential toxicity.
Study finds biennial mammograms just fine for older women
February 5, 2013 -- Screening mammography every two years for women ages 66 to 89 is just as beneficial as annual screening exams, regardless of whether the women have comorbidities. What's more, less frequent screening reduces false-positive rates by 19 percentage points, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Lumpectomy with RT tops mastectomy for early-stage cancer
January 28, 2013 -- Women with early-stage breast cancer sometimes opt for mastectomy rather than less radical surgery out of concern about cancer recurrence. But recurrence risk was lower for women who chose lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy (RT) compared with those who received mastectomies, according to a study published online on Monday in Cancer.
Could a new breast MR protocol replace screening mammo?
January 25, 2013 -- Using a streamlined breast MR protocol for women with dense tissue takes less time and finds more early cancers than mammography -- potentially replacing it as a screening modality, according to research presented at the RSNA 2012 meeting.
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