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.
AAOS: Some radiation during pregnancy is acceptable
August 7, 2015 -- Doctors must heed basic precautions when using imaging to diagnose traumatic injury in pregnant women, but diagnostic imaging scans are safe when used properly, according to a new report in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
U.S. team finds favor with new PEM unit
August 7, 2015 -- A positron emission mammography (PEM) unit developed in Spain offers key advantages for breast imaging, according to a Mayo Clinic team that has been testing it. The unit offers better resolution than whole-body PET, and it may prove more useful than molecular breast imaging using technetium-99m sestamibi.
Data from CTC scans improve osteoporosis screening
August 6, 2015 -- Data from CT colonography (CTC) scans can be used for a comprehensive assessment of bone strength and bone mineral density, according to the results of a study in Radiology. The new technology goes beyond what's provided by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry and could improve clinicians' ability to assess fracture risk.
Set your breast clinic apart with risk-based resources
August 3, 2015 -- How can your breast center set itself apart in an increasingly competitive environment, one that's turning from a volume-based system into a value-based one that rewards better patient care outcomes? One way is to offer women high-risk assessment resources, according to a presentation given at the recent AHRA 2015 meeting in Las Vegas.
PET/CT tumor volume best predicts breast cancer survival
July 30, 2015 -- Whole-body metabolic tumor volume, as determined by FDG-PET/CT before treatment, is a reliable prognosticator of overall survival in patients who have invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast and distant metastases at the time of their initial diagnosis, according to a study published online July 23 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
DBT boosts mammo's specificity, lowers recall rate
July 29, 2015 -- Adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to conventional mammography boosted the specificity of breast screening and cut the recall of women with benign lesions by more than half, according to a new study published in Radiology. DBT plus mammography also showed sensitivity gains in some groups of women.