The 'ins and outs' of imaging dense breasts
March 4, 2016 -- In women with dense breasts, mammography's sensitivity can be as low as 60%. In other words, up to 60% of breast cancers can be misdiagnosed in these women. Clearly, something must be done, and something is: Today at ECR 2016, presenters are showcasing tools for quantification and will explain how high breast density may lead to changes in imaging strategies.
Video from ECR 2016: Dr. Christiane Kuhl on breast MRI
March 3, 2016 -- VIENNA - MRI has a central role to play in the future of breast screening, but a concerted effort is needed to resolve the remaining challenges, according to Dr. Christiane Kuhl. In an interview at ECR 2016 on Breast Care Day (Wednesday), she explains why she remains a passionate supporter of breast MRI.
CT drives new Siemens product launch at ECR 2016
March 3, 2016 -- VIENNA - A new high-end offering in its dual-source CT product line -- called Somatom Drive -- is the focus of Siemens Healthcare at this week's ECR 2016 meeting.
Short is just as sweet for breast MRI protocol
March 3, 2016 -- VIENNA - An abbreviated breast MRI protocol, approximately 4 minutes, has comparable diagnostic performance with the full-breast MRI protocol and could be considered useful for dense-breast analysis in high-risk patients, according to a presentation at ECR 2016.
How to identify and minimize common errors in breast imaging
March 3, 2016 -- When it comes to breast imaging, some mistakes are more common than others. They can broadly be categorized as detection or interpretation errors, and are primarily affected by the patient's mammographic density and tumor type, the technology, and personal skills, noted Dr. Eleanor Cornford, consultant radiologist at the Nottingham Breast Institute in Nottingham, U.K.
False positives translate to higher breast cancer risk
February 26, 2016 -- Women who have false-positive results on mammography are at almost twice the risk of breast cancer than women with negative mammography exams, according to a new study published online in Radiology. And it gets worse: Women who have had more than two false-positive exams have nine times the risk of breast cancer compared to those with negative exams.
Zen and the art of breast biopsy
February 24, 2016 -- Patients who listened to a guided meditation during breast biopsy had greater reductions in pain, anxiety, and fatigue -- even more so than those who listened to music or talked to the technologist, according to a study published this month in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
DBT's improved recall rate is sustainable over time
February 18, 2016 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) reduces recall rates compared with mammography, and this outcome can be maintained over the long term, according to a new study published online in JAMA Oncology.
New study to tackle personalized breast screening
February 16, 2016 -- At what age should women begin breast cancer screening? How often should they have it? And what modality works best, when factors such as density and family history are taken into account? These questions and many more continue to be hotly debated, both in the U.S. and around the world.
Do older women benefit from continued mammo screening?
February 12, 2016 -- Older women appear to benefit from continued, regular mammography screening, according to a review published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The finding flies in the face of recent guidance from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that rejects screening women older than 75.
Special Feature
New USPSTF mammography guidelines serve up more of the same
New USPSTF mammography guidelines serve up more of the same

On January 12, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released its final recommendations for screening mammography -- and the guidelines offer nothing new when compared to both the USPSTF's April draft recommendations and its 2009 version. Read more

Conferences
Breast Imaging From A to Z
June 27-29
Rome, Lazio Italy
Digital Breast Tomosynthesis
July 16
Fort Worth, Texas United States
Mammography: Keeping It Real
July 16
Galveston, Texas United States
Initial Mammography Training Course
July 18-23
Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States
Black Belt Mammographer
July 23
Tyler, Texas United States