Choosing Wisely boosts use of short-course breast radiation therapy September 25, 2014 -- The use of short-course radiation therapy protocols for breast cancer more than doubled after the American Society for Radiation Oncology recommended that shorter regimens be considered as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign. Still, shorter protocols are not common in the U.S., even though they may be preferred by patients.
New studies underline promise of digital breast tomosynthesis September 25, 2014 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is superior to conventional digital mammography when detecting breast cancer in women with dense breasts, according to research presented at this month's International Congress of Radiology. DBT also has an edge for the characterization of masses.
FDG-PET/CT benefits breast cancer patients younger than 40 September 17, 2014 -- While guidelines recommend FDG-PET/CT only as an optional workup for women with stage III breast cancer, the hybrid modality can help women younger than 40 who have potentially aggressive stage II breast cancer, according to a study published online September 11 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
ASCO BCS research highlights benefits of mobile mammo, PET/MR September 15, 2014 -- Screening for breast cancer with mammography isn't perfect -- and neither are the modalities used to track women already diagnosed with the disease. At the recent American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Breast Cancer Symposium (BCS) in San Francisco, researchers discussed ways to find and track breast cancer more effectively.
New SRU pregnancy criteria won't prompt many more scans September 11, 2014 -- More stringent diagnostic criteria from the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU) for determining early in the first trimester if a pregnancy has no chance of producing a live baby will not lead to a huge increase in follow-up ultrasound exams, San Francisco researchers have found.
Clinical audit sheds light on breast MRI performance September 11, 2014 -- You can't manage what you can't measure. This maxim by quality expert W. Edwards Deming can easily be applied to breast MRI: Despite its growing use, the exam still lacks adequate benchmarks for assessing quality, according to a study published in the September Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Breast screening controversies spark debate at ICR 2014 September 10, 2014 -- DUBAI - Greater consideration should be given to a woman's total quality of life in the breast screening debate. That was the take-home message of a keynote lecture by Dr. Rola Shaheen at this week's International Congress of Radiology (ICR 2014).
Most common mammo screening barrier? Lack of interest September 9, 2014 -- In rural Kentucky, the most common barrier to regular mammography screening may be a lack of interest on the part of women, according to research presented at the recent American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Symposium in San Francisco.
ASCO: Personalized breast screening doesn't mean no screening September 5, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO - The development of personalized breast screening protocols shouldn't result in more restrictive screening policies in which women are screened less frequently and at older ages, according to a talk by Dr. Stephen Feig at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Breast Cancer Symposium.
Elastography techniques help characterize breast lesions September 5, 2014 -- Both strain elastography and shear-wave elastography can combine well with B-mode ultrasound to improve differentiation of malignant and benign breast lesions, South Korean researchers recently reported in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.