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Breast US tops mammography for symptomatic women under 40
October 22, 2012 -- Ultrasound beats mammography as the best imaging modality for initial evaluation of breast cancer in symptomatic women ages 30 to 39, according to a new study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
The Practice of Ultrasound: Part 8 -- Fetal biometry
October 19, 2012 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the eighth in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality. While fetal measurements might not be the most glamorous of topics, exploring them yields useful practice tips, he says.
VuCOMP secures PMA for digital mammography CAD
October 18, 2012 -- Some things are worth the wait, believes computer-aided detection (CAD) developer VuCOMP about its newly approved CAD. The company has received premarket approval (PMA) notification for its M-Vu CAD software for digital mammography.
Start-up Densitas fine-tunes breast density detection software
October 11, 2012 -- As the breast density notification movement gains momentum across North America, a Canadian start-up called Densitas is putting its money into technology that will automate breast density measurement. The hope is that the software will both free up radiologists' time and standardize breast density reporting.
Challenges remain for Gamma Medica after bankruptcy filing
October 10, 2012 -- The clock is now ticking for molecular breast imaging (MBI) developer Gamma Medica, which has three months to find additional financing or reorganize itself after a bankruptcy court approved a temporary financing plan last week. The outcome could impact the nascent market for MBI technology.
FFDM better for DCIS -- and it doesn't cause 'overdiagnosis'
October 2, 2012 -- Full-field digital mammography (FFDM) performs better than film-screen mammography in detecting ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and invasive cancer -- without increasing "overdiagnosis," a concern long highlighted by breast cancer screening critics, according to a new study in Radiology.
DWI-MRI helps reduce false-positive breast MRI scans
October 2, 2012 -- Combining diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI-MRI) with dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI to calculate apparent diffusion coefficient values could decrease false-positive findings in breast MRI and reduce preventable biopsies, according to a new study published online on October 2 in Radiology.
Dedicated breast MRI reins in false positives
October 1, 2012 -- Use of a specialized breast MRI scanner led to a sharp decline in false positives compared to breast imaging on whole-body MRI scanners in a study published in the October issue of Radiology. The results address what has historically been a weak point for breast MRI: its specificity.
Calif. governor signs breast density notification bill
September 24, 2012 -- After vetoing legislation last year, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill over the weekend that requires women in the state to be notified following a mammogram if they have dense breast tissue, according to the bill's author, Sen. Joe Simitian.
Study shows DBT boosts mammography's accuracy
September 24, 2012 -- Adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to digital mammography boosts accuracy in finding soft-tissue abnormalities, researchers report in the October issue of Clinical Radiology. And that can only help reduce both healthcare costs and patient anxiety.
Retail venues could boost mammo screening rates
September 21, 2012 -- Offering mammography screening services at retail healthcare locations such as pharmacies could boost women's adherence to screening guidelines, according to a new study published in Academic Radiology.
ASCO BSC: Long-term APBI outcomes are favorable
September 19, 2012 -- Long-term outcomes of breast cancer patients participating in a clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of accelerated partial-breast irradiation (APBI) continue to be favorable, according to a presentation in San Francisco last week at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) Breast Cancer Symposium (BCS).
U-Systems lands final clearance for somo.v for dense breasts
September 18, 2012 -- Automated breast ultrasound technology developer U-Systems has become the first vendor to receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance to market a device specifically for use in screening women with dense breasts.
The Practice of Ultrasound: Part 7 -- An ultrasound conundrum
September 17, 2012 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the seventh in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality. In this installment, he tackles the issue of how to deliver the best services to as much of the population as possible.
ASCO BCS: Does breast MRI before surgery really help?
September 14, 2012 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Whether preoperative breast MRI contributes to better diagnostic accuracy and patient outcomes is one of the most controversial areas in breast imaging. The topic was explored in a discussion on September 13 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) Breast Cancer Symposium (BCS).
ASCO BCS: Mammography use dropped 5% after USPSTF change
September 13, 2012 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Use of screening mammography among women ages 40 to 49 dropped 5% in private health plans after the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) changed its guidelines in 2009, according to a study presented on September 13 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) Breast Cancer Symposium (BCS).
European panel confirms value of breast screening
September 13, 2012 -- After a steady flow of skeptical reports over recent months, a new review of breast cancer screening services in Europe has concluded the benefits in terms of lives saved outweigh the harms caused by overdiagnosis, with screening mammography cutting breast cancer deaths by as much as half.
Study finds screening mammo cuts breast cancer deaths by half
September 10, 2012 -- It's time to move on in the debate over screening mammography's effectiveness, according to Australian researchers, who found that mammography reduces breast cancer mortality by 49%. They reported their results in a paper this month in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
BMJ: Use MRI to investigate young BRCA1/2 mutation carriers
September 7, 2012 -- Women carrying a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes who have undergone a mammogram or chest x-ray before the age of 30 are more likely to develop breast cancer, researchers from Amsterdam noted yesterday in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).
Planning APBI treatment for patients with pacemakers
September 7, 2012 -- Breast cancer patients with cardiac pacemakers implanted on the same side of the body as the diseased breast may require surgical relocation of the device prior to radiotherapy. However, if the patient qualifies for accelerated partial-breast irradiation (APBI) using high-dose brachytherapy, the surgery might not be necessary.
Are rads overconfident in their mammography skills?
September 5, 2012 -- Radiologists perceive their mammography interpretation performance to be better than it actually is, according to a new study in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. And that just keeps them from actually improving, researchers from Washington state said.
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