Does preoperative breast MRI really benefit patients?
September 24, 2015 -- Breast MRI is a sensitive modality that finds cancers mammography or ultrasound can miss. But when it's used preoperatively in women who have already been diagnosed, it may cause more trouble than it's worth -- such as longer wait times for surgery and unnecessary mastectomies, according to a new study published in JAMA Oncology.
Does 'personalized screening' = healthcare rationing?
September 16, 2015 -- As debate swirls around screening mammography, the term "personalized screening" has surfaced to describe what proponents say is screening tailored to a woman's particular risk. But in reality personalized screening equates to healthcare rationing, according to a new opinion piece in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Breast cancer on rise in low-income countries
September 10, 2015 -- Low- and middle-income countries are seeing a rise in breast cancer incidence and death rates, despite the fact that death rates have decreased in higher-income countries, where incidence rates have increased or stabilized, according to a new study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.
JAMA opinion: Unethical to pay women for mammograms
September 10, 2015 -- The practice of paying women to undergo mammography is unethical, according to an opinion piece published in the September 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
PET/MRI matches PET/CT for recurrent pelvic cancer
September 4, 2015 -- PET/MRI can provide high diagnostic performance for restaging gynecological cancer patients compared with FDG-PET/CT, with only slightly longer scan time and "markedly reduced" radiation exposure, according to a German study published online in the European Journal of Radiology.
Higher screening mammo volume equals better outcomes
August 28, 2015 -- Women who undergo mammography screening at breast centers with high volumes tend to have better outcomes, which is encouraging news for a modality often criticized for its tendency to overdiagnose. Study results were published online August 11 in the Journal of Medical Screening.
Effects of false-positive mammograms can persist
August 27, 2015 -- Women who receive false-positive mammograms are twice as likely to experience long-term unpleasant psychosocial consequences than women with negative exams, according to a new study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.
Kopans: JAMA Oncology paper misinterprets DCIS data
August 24, 2015 -- Just how deadly is ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)? A paper by Narod et al published on August 20 in JAMA Oncology suggests that the best way to deal with DCIS is simply to ignore it, rather than treating it aggressively. But such conclusions represent a dangerous misinterpretation of the actual data, according to Dr. Daniel Kopans.
Patient features have most impact on mammo reads
August 14, 2015 -- Patient features such as breast density, prior mammography, and the presence of symptoms such as a lump have more effect on the interpretive accuracy of diagnostic mammograms than radiologist characteristics, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
US spots subclinical atherosclerosis in low-risk women
August 12, 2015 -- Carotid intima-media thickness measured on ultrasound can identify asymptomatic cardiovascular disease in most middle-aged women considered to be low-risk by traditional risk assessment tools, Arizona researchers have found.
Special Feature
New USPSTF mammography guidelines serve up more of the same
New USPSTF mammography guidelines serve up more of the same

On January 12, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released its final recommendations for screening mammography -- and the guidelines offer nothing new when compared to both the USPSTF's April draft recommendations and its 2009 version. Read more

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