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Digital mammography causes less 'harm' than film-screen
April 2, 2014 -- Screening for breast cancer with digital rather than film-screen mammography lowers recall and biopsy rates, suggesting that the technology causes less "harm" to women and the healthcare system in the form of overdiagnosis or unnecessary biopsies, according to a new study published online April 1 in Radiology.
SIR: Y-90 radioembolization may offer chemo alternative
March 25, 2014 -- Radioembolization with yttrium-90 (Y-90) shows promise in treating breast cancer patients whose disease has spread to the liver and who have exhausted all other treatment options, according to a study presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) annual meeting.
Mammography texture analysis may predict false positives
March 24, 2014 -- False-positive results are an unfortunate aspect of mammography. But an algorithm that analyzes the texture of breast tissue on mammograms may be able to predict which patients are more likely to have negative biopsy results, paving the way for more individualized screening, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania.
NCoBC: Breast cancer screening requires difficult choices
March 24, 2014 -- It can be tough to run a breast care center as controversy swirls around the effectiveness of screening mammography. No matter where a facility falls in the debate, putting together a screening program demands hard choices, according to a presentation at the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCoBC) meeting in Las Vegas.
NCoBC: Sensory stimuli soothe women during mammograms
March 19, 2014 -- At least a quarter of women eligible for screening mammography avoid it because of fear of pain and anxiety, but this can be alleviated by adding soothing stimuli such as landscape scenes and aromatherapy to screening rooms, according to research presented at the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCoBC) meeting in Las Vegas.
NCoBC: Technologists have role in breast density education
March 18, 2014 -- Breast tissue density has become a much discussed element of a woman's breast cancer risk. Patients' lack of knowledge about breast density remains a concern, but radiologic technologists may be able to help, according to a talk on Monday at the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCoBC) meeting in Las Vegas.
Yoga boosts quality of life for women undergoing radiotherapy
March 17, 2014 -- Yoga improves the quality of life of women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer more than the use of simple stretching exercises alone, according to a study published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. It also appears to control patients' cortisol levels, which can lead to better outcomes.
New BI-RADS uncouples assessment and management
March 11, 2014 -- VIENNA - The fifth edition of the BI-RADS atlas has been released, and while there have been several changes, perhaps the most important is the uncoupling of the assessment category and management recommendation, according to presenters at an ECR 2014 session on Sunday afternoon.
Use MRI to diagnose PIP breast implant ruptures, Dutch say
March 8, 2014 -- VIENNA - MRI has high accuracy in diagnosing rupture in silicone breast implants, ECR 2014 delegates learned on Saturday morning. This is particularly useful as many women are being imaged regardless of symptoms due to the recent recall of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) silicone breast implants.
'Opportunity' knocking for women demanding mammograms
March 7, 2014 -- VIENNA - Opportunistic screening accounts for nearly a quarter of all referred mammograms in the Netherlands. And contrary to expectations, there is no difference among age groups, delegates at ECR 2014 learned on Friday morning.
New radiographers outperform older counterparts at breast positioning
March 7, 2014 -- VIENNA - Older does not connote wiser, at least in the case of breast radiographers. In a surprising study from the Netherlands presented on Thursday at ECR 2014, researchers found that new radiographers performed better than experienced ones in terms of breast positioning.
Short-term follow-up OK for BI-RADS 3 lesions on MRI
March 4, 2014 -- The malignancy rate is comparable for lesions detected at mammography and those found on MRI that are probably benign, which means that short-term follow-up is acceptable for women with no history of breast cancer, according to a new study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Canadian ob/gyns, rads target entertainment ultrasound
February 20, 2014 -- The growing use of fetal ultrasound for nonmedical purposes has prompted two Canadian medical societies to issue a statement against the scans, which have been linked to gender-specific abortion in the country.
Why does breast US find cancers mammography doesn't?
February 20, 2014 -- Most breast cancers detected at screening ultrasound are not seen on mammograms, even in retrospect, which suggests that supplemental screening with ultrasound is beneficial for high-risk women -- especially those with dense tissue, according to a new study published in the February issue of Radiology.
BSGI is effective in women of all breast densities
February 13, 2014 -- In a clinical trial inspired by the growing breast density awareness movement, researchers from Washington, DC, found that breast-specific gamma imaging (BSGI) is effective at identifying cancer in women of all breast densities, according to a paper in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
We do not want to go back to the Dark Ages of breast screening
February 12, 2014 -- The publication of long-term follow-up results in BMJ from the Canadian National Breast Screening Study has revived an ongoing debate over the methods used in the trial. In this Second Opinion article, Dr. László Tabár of the University of Uppsala presents his view of the study.
New data from Canadian study revive breast screening battle
February 11, 2014 -- The battle over breast screening was revived yet again this week with data from a controversial Canadian study in BMJ that cast doubt on mammography's effectiveness for women ages 40 to 59. Mammography proponents quickly rose to point out flaws in the trial, which contradicts other population-based breast screening studies.
2-view tomo boosts diagnostic accuracy, reduces recalls
February 7, 2014 -- Adding one-view digital breast tomosynthesis to screening with conventional digital mammography improves diagnostic accuracy and reduces recall rates -- and adding two-view tomo increases the benefit even further, according to a new study in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Study renews call for less frequent breast cancer screening
February 4, 2014 -- The U.S. could save billions of dollars each year by offering breast cancer screening to women every two years rather than on an annual basis, according to a study in the February 4 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. But mammography proponents are already stepping up to dispute the study's findings.
German study gives photon-counting mammography high marks
February 4, 2014 -- German researchers found that mammography screening with a photon-counting digital mammography system turned in higher cancer detection rates at lower radiation doses than conventional digital mammography units in a real-world screening environment, according to a new study in Radiology.
Research sheds light on why MRI CAD misses cancers
February 3, 2014 -- Despite its ability to improve the detection of breast cancer, breast MRI computer-aided detection (CAD) software still misses some. Several factors can affect the detection capabilities of the software, Korean researchers have found.

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