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ASCO BCS: Most women don't know their breast cancer risk
September 5, 2013 -- Most women either under- or overestimate their lifetime risk for developing breast cancer, according to a study to be presented on September 7 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2013 Breast Cancer Symposium (BCS) in San Francisco.
Breast MRI boosts survival in high-risk women -- but at a price
August 30, 2013 -- Screening MRI may improve survival rates for women with family risk factors for breast cancer. But the technology is expensive, especially for younger women, so finding screening alternatives may be beneficial, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
MRI offers insight into rare uterine condition in younger women
August 23, 2013 -- Using MRI, British researchers have debunked a common misconception that a rare disorder that adversely affects the reproductive system of younger women prevents development of the uterus, according to a study published online in Radiology.
Ultrasound-detected BI-RADS 3 lesions rarely malignant
August 20, 2013 -- Breast lesions categorized as "probably benign" on supplemental screening ultrasound are rarely malignant and could be re-evaluated at 12 months rather than six -- reducing patient anxiety, follow-up exams, and unnecessary biopsies, according to a study published online in Radiology.
Study links triple-negative breast cancer on MRI, PET/CT scans
August 9, 2013 -- California researchers have found links between the appearance of triple-negative breast cancer on two different imaging modalities, MRI and PET/CT. They believe their findings can help guide therapy for the disease, which occurs less frequently but is typically more deadly than other types of breast cancer.
GE takes aim at breast tomosynthesis market
August 5, 2013 -- GE Healthcare has long been one of the top two mammography firms, but the company until now hasn't had an offering in the cutting-edge breast tomosynthesis segment. That is changing, however: The firm has begun shipping its SenoClaire tomosynthesis system in Europe and has put the final touches on a regulatory application in the U.S.
Tailored breast screening for younger women finds more cancers
July 31, 2013 -- A tailored breast cancer screening program for women between the ages of 40 and 49 is not only feasible and affordable, it's effective for finding asymptomatic, low-stage tumors, according to a study published in the August issue of Radiology.
Tomosynthesis reduces mammo screening recall rate by 30%
July 30, 2013 -- When added to mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis reduces overall recall rates in breast cancer screening by 30%, with even greater reductions for women younger than 50 and those with dense breasts, according to a new study published online in Radiology.
Hospitals have higher mammo recall rates than community sites
July 24, 2013 -- Screening mammography recall rates are often higher in the hospital setting, but this doesn't necessarily mean that hospital radiologists are performing worse than their counterparts in community practice, according to a new study published online in Radiology.
Is the human brain wired to miss breast cancer?
June 27, 2013 -- Radiologists miss breast cancer on mammography exams for many reasons, including failures of perception, poor compression or positioning, and breast density. But another reason is that the human brain may be wired to miss targets when they occur less frequently, according to a study published in PLOS One.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 11 -- Through the lymphatic bayou
June 26, 2013 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the latest 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 discusses lymphatics and the importance of using your intuition.
CR, DR breast cancer screening performance comparable
June 14, 2013 -- Radiologists reading breast screening studies had comparable performance regardless of whether the images were acquired with computed radiography (CR) or digital radiography (DR) mammography systems, according to a Belgian study published online in European Radiology. Still, DR delivered a lower radiation dose than CR.
Radium-223 dichloride is focus of SNMMI Image of the Year
June 11, 2013 -- VANCOUVER - An FDG-PET/CT scan illustrating the effectiveness of radium-223 dichloride in treating bone metastases in breast cancer patients with bone-dominant disease has been selected as the Image of the Year at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting.
Shear-wave elastography boosts second-look breast US
June 6, 2013 -- Adding shear-wave elastography to a second-look breast ultrasound study performed after dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI can detect nearly a third more cancers than B-mode ultrasound alone, Ohio researchers have found.
Reading volume affects mammography performance
June 6, 2013 -- Radiologists who read fewer than 1,000 mammography studies per year may have worse diagnostic accuracy than those who read more, according to a new study published online June 4 in Radiology. The performance threshold is more than twice what is required in the U.S. for radiologists who read mammograms.
CAD for breast MRI improves sensitivity; accuracy not so much
May 24, 2013 -- Computer-aided detection (CAD) technology improves sensitivity in breast MRI for both experienced and novice readers, but it does not significantly advance overall accuracy, according to a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
AJR: DBT reduces screening recall rates by 37%
May 22, 2013 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) when used as a screening tool for breast cancer reduces recall rates by 37% and increases the detection of invasive cancers by 54%, according to a new study published online May 22 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Women in their 40s reluctant to give up breast screening
May 17, 2013 -- In a study that confirms recent findings, researchers from Johns Hopkins University found that mammography screening rates have changed little among women in their 40s despite guideline changes by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Study results were published May 15 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
CR mammography lags DR, film-screen in cancer detection
May 14, 2013 -- Canadian researchers performing mammography with a computed radiography (CR) system saw lower breast cancer detection rates compared to analog film-screen mammography or a system based on flat-panel digital radiography (DR). Results were published online May 14 in Radiology.
KLAS: Demand for breast tomosynthesis is increasing
May 14, 2013 -- The demand for digital breast tomosynthesis systems is increasing, according to a new report released on May 14 by market research firm KLAS. When imaging providers were asked which technology they would choose if they could start over, 62% said tomosynthesis.
Volumetric MR images boost cervical cancer treatment planning
May 13, 2013 -- Three-dimensional volumetric MR images of cervical disease yield a bounty of critical information, enabling precise planning of brachytherapy for residual tumors, according to researchers from St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.
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