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Practice of Ultrasound: Part 10 -- Trustworthy ultrasound
April 15, 2013 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the 10th in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of this modality. In this installment, he discusses fetal gender determination and behavior, as well as why withholding information is a violation of trust.
Mammo expert Tabár releases breast health book in 3D format
April 11, 2013 -- To bridge the gap between clinicians and to educate women directly, Dr. László Tabár of Falun Central Hospital in Sweden and colleagues have released a new breast health book that includes 3D stereoscopic thick-section histology images for a better understanding of breast morphology.
PET/CT predicts early breast cancer response to chemo
April 10, 2013 -- By using FDG-PET/CT, physicians will be in a better position to noninvasively predict a breast cancer patient's response to treatment after two cycles of neoadjuvant chemotherapy, helping them decide on the next course of action, concluded a study from Germany.
Quality measure boosts shear-wave elastography performance
April 9, 2013 -- NEW YORK CITY - The sensitivity of shear-wave breast elastography can be significantly improved by a quality measure that grades the adequacy of the shear wave itself, according to research presented at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine annual meeting.
SBI: Breast imaging in an era of healthcare reform
April 9, 2013 -- In a time of rapid healthcare change, there's good news and bad news for breast imagers, according to a presentation today at the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) postgraduate course. The good news is breast imaging has a solid infrastructure and demonstrated success. The bad news? Costs are rising and reimbursement is falling.
SBI: Is breast cancer overdiagnosis a myth?
April 8, 2013 -- The rate of breast cancer overdiagnosis is much lower than the 30% cited by some research -- making its "harms" more myth than reality, according to an April 8 presentation at the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) postgraduate course in Los Angeles.
Reduced breast cancer screening ups mortality risk in older women
April 8, 2013 -- Older women with an extended period of time between their last mammogram and breast cancer diagnosis have an increased risk of death from the disease, according to data presented at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Washington, DC. The findings suggest a role for continued screening among women older than 75.
Unusual breast implant sensations while flying: Mystery solved
April 3, 2013 -- For more than 30 years, women with breast implants have said they feel strange sensations when flying at high altitudes in commercial airplanes -- sensations that can persist even after landing. Long considered a myth, a radiologist explained the cause in a letter published in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Better communication lowers women's breast biopsy anxiety
April 1, 2013 -- Women's perceptions of better communication with radiologists is associated with lower levels of anxiety both before and after breast biopsies, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
NCBC: Cloud-based image sharing enhances breast care
March 27, 2013 -- Cloud-based image sharing improves care at breast centers while also reducing costs, according to a presentation on Tuesday at this week's National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) annual conference in Las Vegas.
NCBC: Does DCIS need to be treated?
March 26, 2013 -- To treat or not to treat ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). That particular question continues to be debated decades after mammography screening first began to uncover "preclinical" lesions such as DCIS, according to a March 26 presentation at the annual National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) meeting in Las Vegas.
IMRT produces excellent results for endometrial cancer
March 26, 2013 -- The use of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for gynecologic cancers is increasing, but outcomes data are still lacking. An article published in the March issue of Gynecologic Oncology about the outcomes of high-risk endometrial cancer patients adds to the literature and brings positive news.
NCBC: Breast centers must reach out to survive
March 25, 2013 -- How can breast centers navigate the shifting landscape of healthcare reform, reimbursement pressure, and evidence-based medicine? By reaching out to form patient care teams with other providers and tracking performance, according to a March 24 talk at the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) meeting in Las Vegas.
Breast tomosynthesis challenges digital imaging infrastructure
March 21, 2013 -- While the advent of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) in the U.S. has added an exciting weapon to the breast imaging armamentarium, these new capabilities have also led to significant image management challenges. DBT adopters need to be aware of and plan for issues such as large file sizes and proprietary file formats.
Jury still out on whether DBT can replace 2D mammography
March 21, 2013 -- More evidence is needed before radiologists can determine unequivocally that digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is ready to replace standard digital mammography, according to a literature review published online in the Breast journal. Fortunately, a number of research studies under way could prove that point.
Mammography false positives cause mental anguish in women
March 19, 2013 -- False-positive findings on screening mammography cause mental anguish in women that can linger for years after the findings are first reported, according to a new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine.
JAMA IM: Breast screening every 2 years OK for most women
March 18, 2013 -- For most women between the ages of 40 and 74, biennial screening mammograms are just as effective as annual exams in identifying advanced-stage breast cancer, reported a study published online on Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. Less frequent screening also reduces false-positive results and biopsies.
Mammography debate is the most recent in a tumultuous history
March 15, 2013 -- What are the roots of the present-day mammography debate? In an excerpt from his book on the history of mammography, radiologist Dr. Handel Reynolds explains the origins of the idea that early cancer detection could save women's lives, as well as how it has affected the use of mammography as a screening tool.
NEJM: RT boosts heart disease risk in breast cancer patients
March 14, 2013 -- Radiation therapy (RT) has played a key role in reducing breast cancer mortality rates, but even at low doses it can increase a woman's risk of heart disease, according to new research published on March 14 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Including menopause as factor aids breast US performance
March 9, 2013 -- VIENNA - Menopause has an important influence on breast elasticity as measured by elasticity parameters, according to study results presented this week at ECR 2013. Taking this factor into consideration may help improve the diagnostic performance of breast sonoelastography, the researchers found.
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