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Breast MRI use grows, but does it benefit the right women?
November 19, 2013 -- Overall use of breast MRI has increased over the past decade, but there are concerns that the modality is overused in women who don't meet screening guidelines, while being underused in those who could benefit the most, according to two studies published online November 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Targeted breast radiotherapy offers treatment option
November 11, 2013 -- Targeted radiotherapy delivered to women undergoing surgery for early breast cancer could offer a feasible alternative to current procedures, which require daily radiotherapy sessions for weeks after surgery, according to two new studies published in Lancet and Lancet Oncology.
FFDM finds more high-risk lesions: But is that a good thing?
November 6, 2013 -- Transitioning from analog mammography to full-field digital mammography (FFDM) is associated with a threefold increase in the detection of high-risk lesions. But it can also result in oversurveillance and overtreatment, according to a new study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
AJR: Skipped breast screenings increase cancer risk
October 29, 2013 -- When women skip a mammography screening exam -- even for just one year -- their risk of late-stage cancer increases, according to a new study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Study: CT shows promise as a breast density assessment tool
October 24, 2013 -- Breast density readings taken at CT are consistent with those acquired at mammography, according to a new study published online in Radiology. The modality could provide a readily available and more uniform option for assessing a woman's breast cancer risk, the researchers concluded.
Doctors are not informing patients of overdiagnosis risk
October 22, 2013 -- Patients are not being told about the possibility of overdiagnosis and overtreatment as a result of cancer screening programs, and many say they wouldn't start a screening program if the overdiagnosis rate is too high, according to research published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.
New breast MRI exam ready to screen women with dense breasts
October 16, 2013 -- Conventional x-ray mammography is a notoriously poor tool for screening women with dense breast tissue. Breast MRI is a possible alternative, but the cost of the exams is prohibitively high. A Michigan breast specialist believes he has changed the equation with a streamlined breast MRI screening exam that could be ready for widespread clinical use.
Panel recommends new US criteria for judging viable pregnancy
October 10, 2013 -- To lower the risk of incorrectly diagnosing a pregnancy as nonviable, more-stringent criteria for ultrasound scans should be used to determine if a first-trimester pregnancy cannot result in a live-born baby, advised a multispecialty panel in an article published October 10 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Use of screening mammography dropped in Vt. after USPSTF
October 4, 2013 -- After years of increasing screening mammography use in Vermont, there was a decline that coincided with the 2009 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations, according to a new study published online in Radiology. And the same trend may have occurred in other states.
Preoperative MRI may clarify use of radical trachelectomy
October 3, 2013 -- By measuring the distance between a tumor and a woman's internal os at MRI before surgical removal of the uterine cervix, or trachelectomy, physicians may be able to identify high-risk patients who should instead undergo a radical hysterectomy, according to a study published in the October Radiology.
Appalachian women have higher rates of late-stage breast cancer
September 26, 2013 -- Older women living in the poorest areas of Appalachia fail to get regular breast cancer screening and have a higher incidence of late-stage breast cancer, according to a new study published in the journal Health Services Research.
ARRS BIS: Sorting fact from fiction in mammography malpractice
September 20, 2013 -- Breast imagers always try to minimize their exposure to medical malpractice, but the real risk of being sued is much lower than most radiologists estimate, according to a talk at this week's American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) Breast Imaging Symposium (BIS) in Phoenix.
ARRS BIS: Breast tomo addresses overdiagnosis problem
September 20, 2013 -- The combination of conventional mammography and breast tomosynthesis detects more invasive cancers than mammography alone -- potentially addressing the debate on overdiagnosis in mammography, according to a September 19 presentation at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) Breast Imaging Symposium (BIS) in Phoenix.
Calif. breast physicians launch density-notification support tool
September 12, 2013 -- A group of California breast imagers and breast cancer risk specialists has launched a website to help radiologists and referring physicians navigate the challenges posed by breast density notification laws, according to a report published online September 10 in Radiology.
ASCO BCS: Breast MRI reduces biopsies of false positives
September 11, 2013 -- SAN FRANCISCO - In experienced hands, breast MRI with mammography or ultrasound can help avoid biopsies of suspicious lesions that would otherwise turn out to be false positives, according to a poster presentation on September 7 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2013 Breast Cancer Symposium (BCS).
ASCO BCS: Simplified protocol improves breast MRI screening
September 9, 2013 -- SAN FRANCISCO - A streamlined protocol for breast MRI could make the modality a viable option for breast cancer screening by cutting image acquisition and reading time to just three minutes, according to a presentation on September 7 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2013 Breast Cancer Symposium (BCS).
Study: Lack of breast screening leads to more cancer deaths
September 9, 2013 -- A new study published online September 9 in the journal Cancer has found that more than 70% of deaths from breast cancer in a group of more than 7,000 women occurred in individuals who did not receive regular screening mammograms. The findings indicate that breast screening saves lives -- particularly for women in their 40s, the researchers believe.
Proposed Medicare changes could affect breast biopsy
September 6, 2013 -- Add breast biopsy procedures to the list of imaging tests that could be affected by new Medicare physician payment rates scheduled for 2014. Breast care advocates have weighed in against the proposed rates, charging that they could shift breast biopsies away from private-practice sites and into hospital settings.
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.
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