Moments in Radiology History: Part 15 -- Mammography's roots May 9, 2014 -- Today's debate over the value of breast screening is nothing new. In fact, controversy has dogged mammography almost since the technique was invented. In his latest installment of Moments in Radiology History, Otha Linton traces the mammography debate through the career of its earliest proponent, Dr. Robert L. Egan.
ARRS: Patients overestimate mammography radiation danger May 5, 2014 -- Women overestimate the amount of radiation they receive from mammography exams, which could lead them to avoid screening, according to data presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting in San Diego.
ARRS: Diagnostic breast tomo reduces need for US, biopsies May 5, 2014 -- Using breast tomosynthesis in diagnostic workup -- specifically, with one- or two-view focal asymmetries found at screening mammography -- reduces ultrasound use and leads to fewer biopsies compared to diagnostic mammography alone, according to research presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting in San Diego.
Brassieres help cut chest CT radiation dose May 5, 2014 -- Wearing a bra during a chest CT scan can significantly reduce dose to radiosensitive tissues by holding breast tissue within the lower-dose region created by tube-current modulation techniques, concludes a new study in the May issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
ASBrS: For node-positive breast cancer, radiotherapy is best May 5, 2014 -- Lymph node axillary radiotherapy is associated with significantly fewer complications than traditional axillary lymph node removal, and it may be poised to become the standard of care, according to research presented on April 30 at the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) meeting in Las Vegas.
Contrast-enhanced mammo effective in detecting breast lesions April 25, 2014 -- While contrast-enhanced spectral mammography is a relatively new technique, two Egyptian studies show the advantage of using the technology for detecting breast lesions, and compare it favorably with more established imaging modalities.
JAMA IM: Mammo false positives don't create long-term anxiety April 22, 2014 -- Mammography false positives are considered to be one of the harms of regular breast cancer screening. But receiving false-positive results doesn't seem to affect women's long-term anxiety -- and, in fact, may boost their intention to continue screening, according to a new study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Swiss board repeats call to abolish breast screening April 16, 2014 -- Breast cancer screening programs in Switzerland should be wound down, as screening does not clearly produce more benefits than harms, according to an editorial by two members of the Swiss Medical Board published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
ACR, SBI take issue with Swiss NEJM commentary April 16, 2014 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) have issued a joint statement strongly criticizing an article published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine that takes aim at breast cancer screening programs in Switzerland.