Myths and misinformation hold back breast screening
November 19, 2014 -- Increased public awareness, better education for healthcare providers, and clear guidelines are essential if breast cancer screening is going to expand in the Middle East, according to a leading radiologist in Saudi Arabia.
To improve mammo reading accuracy, follow through with workups
November 12, 2014 -- Radiologists' mammography screening performance improves not only when they read more mammograms, but also when they follow cases through the diagnostic process, according to a new study published in Radiology.
Software leverages CT scans to generate bone density data
November 3, 2014 -- Fresh off the receipt of 510(k) clearance in August for its QCT Pro bone densitometry software, MindwaysCT is hoping to accomplish a goal that has long eluded healthcare professionals: increasing the dismal screening rate for osteoporosis by enabling the generation of bone density data from CT exams.
Adding DBT to screening mammo boosts benefits, but not cost
October 28, 2014 -- Adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to biennial screening mammography is a cost-effective way to improve breast cancer detection in women with dense tissue, compared with mammography alone, according to a new study published online in Radiology.
Canadian study: Mammo cuts breast cancer mortality rates by 40%
October 27, 2014 -- You've heard of the controversial Canadian study that cast doubt on the effectiveness of mammography. Now, a new study from Canada has found that breast cancer screening reduces mortality rates by 40% across all ages, according to results published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
DBT screening shows greatest benefit for younger women
October 22, 2014 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) shows its greatest benefit when used to screen women younger than 50, according to research published October 13 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. DBT was effective in reducing recalls and increasing cancer detection in these younger women, who have been at the center of the controversy over breast screening.
CAD with digital mammo doesn't improve radiologist performance
October 8, 2014 -- Using computer-aided detection (CAD) with digital mammography has no significant effect on radiologists' performance when they interpret screening mammograms, and it doesn't change their diagnostic decisions, according to a new study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Study: Mammo false positives cost women money, time
October 7, 2014 -- Recall visits prompted by false-positive mammograms cost women money -- up to $450 for those who also undergo biopsies, according to a new study published in the Journal of Women's Health. Recalls also cost women in less quantifiable ways, such as time lost at work and anxiety.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 17 -- Time and tides
October 2, 2014 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the latest in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of the modality. In this installment, he discusses why time should always be on the patient's side.
Move over tomo? Dedicated breast CT has bright future
October 1, 2014 -- Although it's still an investigational modality, dedicated breast CT offers distinct benefits for diagnostic workup compared to other imaging modalities, according to an article published online in the Breast Journal.