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MDCT: Kalender offers update on breast CT
June 12, 2014 -- Clinical trials for a high-resolution breast CT scanner will begin in Germany in early 2015, according to a talk by Willi Kalender, PhD, at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT (MDCT). The hope is that the technology will outperform full-field digital mammography and breast tomosynthesis at equivalent dose levels.
Incidental findings on CT predict cardiovascular disease risk
May 28, 2014 -- Incidental findings on routine chest CT exams can be used to accurately predict risk for serious cardiovascular events, according to a just-published study in Radiology. Such findings could be preclinical signs of atherosclerosis and support an imaging-based model for risk prediction.
Talks by radiologists can reduce patient anxiety over screening
May 27, 2014 -- Screening mammography is under intense scrutiny, with critics questioning its efficacy and calling attention to its harms -- including patient anxiety in the face of false positives. Direct and proactive education offered by mammographers can counter these questions, according to research presented at the recent American Roentgen Ray Society meeting.
Mary's Musings: Can big data add insight to breast screening?
May 22, 2014 -- Dr. Mary Morrison Saltz enters the fray over breast screening in this month's column, in which she addresses the uncertainty over whether screening mammography is effective and how it might be improved. She also makes a surprising confession of her own.
Uterine artery embolization (UAE) in the UAE
May 21, 2014 -- Since it was first introduced in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) several years ago, uterine artery embolization has become a popular procedure for many young women who have symptomatic uterine fibroids. In this article, the team that introduced UAE to the UAE describes the procedure and its advantages.
Study: Do fetal anatomy US scans earlier in obese women
May 19, 2014 -- Morbidly obese pregnant women face a greater risk of poor outcomes and can be difficult to image adequately on prenatal ultrasound. For that reason, fetal anatomy ultrasound scans should be performed earlier in these women, with the optimal gestational age for scans dropping as body mass index goes up.
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.
Digital mammography finds DCIS most likely to become cancer
April 16, 2014 -- Digital mammography finds more small, invasive breast cancers, but it also identifies more ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) -- some of which may never cause harm if undetected. But a new study in the April issue of Radiology claims that digital mammography tends to find DCIS lesions that are more likely to progress to cancer.
Annals opinions: Reboot needed on breast screening debate
April 8, 2014 -- It's time for both sides of the mammography screening debate to drop the same old arguments and start thinking about the problem of breast cancer in new ways, according to two opinion papers published online April 8 in Annals of Internal Medicine.
AIUM: Study finds women with dense breasts often skip US
April 3, 2014 -- LAS VEGAS - A new study found that fewer than 2% of women informed that they had dense breast tissue returned for follow-up exams with ultrasound, according to a talk at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) meeting. The study raises questions about the effectiveness of breast density laws in improving screening.
JAMA article attempts to clear mammography confusion
April 2, 2014 -- A new literature review published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association tries to clear the confusion of the breast screening debate by summarizing what is known about the benefits and risks of mammography. The authors hope the information will help women make more informed choices about breast screening.
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