Tomo plus digital mammography decreases recalls by 37%
January 5, 2015 -- Adding tomosynthesis to digital mammography for breast cancer screening reduces recall rates by 37%, with the technique recording better performance for certain types of breast abnormalities, according to a new study in the January issue of Radiology.
ACS: Cancer deaths drop 22% over 2 decades
January 2, 2015 -- The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently reported that there has been a 22% drop in mortality from cancer in the U.S. over the past two decades, a decline that translates into the avoidance of over 1.5 million cancer deaths.
FDA warns against keepsake fetal US, heartbeat monitors
December 16, 2014 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a consumer update to strongly discourage pregnant women from obtaining fetal keepsake ultrasound images and videos, as well as using over-the-counter Doppler fetal ultrasound heartbeat monitors.
Gamma Medica sets sights on continued progress in 2015
December 16, 2014 -- Molecular imaging developer Gamma Medica is hoping that 2015 will be a watershed year in its resurrection, some 21 months after emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company has refreshed its technology and is building its installed base as it regains its footing.
Tomosynthesis classifies breast lesions more accurately
December 15, 2014 -- Adding digital breast tomosynthesis to digital mammography for screening appears to have many benefits, including greater sensitivity in dense breast tissue and fewer recalls. But the technology also classifies noncalcified breast lesions more accurately in the diagnostic setting, according to research presented at RSNA 2014.
Top 5 trends from RSNA 2014 in Chicago
December 11, 2014 -- With RSNA 2014 in the books, now is a good time to look back on the Chicago meeting to identify the major trends affecting radiology. Top stories circulating the halls of McCormick Place included the meeting's 100th anniversary, as well as CT lung cancer screening and the rise of enterprise imaging.
Use of short-course whole-breast irradiation after surgery increases
December 11, 2014 -- The use of short-course whole-breast irradiation after breast-conserving surgery increased among women with early-stage breast cancer between 2008 and 2013, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association. But its use still remains lower in the U.S. than in other countries.
AIM: Breast density follow-up may not be cost-effective
December 8, 2014 -- In what could be a blow to the growing breast density notification movement, a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found that following up women with dense breast tissue using supplemental screening ultrasound results in only limited health gains and higher healthcare costs.
Not all tomo recalls benefit from mammography evaluation
December 4, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Patients recalled from screening with full-field digital mammography plus digital breast tomosynthesis do not all benefit equally from additional mammography for diagnostic evaluation, according to a presentation given on Wednesday at RSNA 2014.
Philips displays new spectral CT, MRI technology
December 3, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Philips Healthcare is highlighting a number of new technologies in its booth at RSNA 2014, including spectral CT and a new 1.5-tesla MRI scanner, as well as advancements in ultrasound, molecular imaging, and interventional x-ray.