The 3 advances making MRI better for breast screening
August 8, 2020 -- The future of breast screening may not be mammography but MRI. The technical advances making MRI quicker, more accurate, and less costly for breast screening were discussed at a presentation on August 8 at the Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists annual meeting.  Discuss
Are GBCAs really needed for breast MRI exams?
August 7, 2020 -- Are gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) really needed for breast MRI? Not if the technique of diffusion-tensor imaging is used, according to a study published August 6 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Delayed breast cancer surgery not tied to worse outcomes
August 7, 2020 -- Women with early-stage breast cancer who had to delay surgery due to the novel coronavirus pandemic are unlikely to experience worse survival rates, according to the findings of a study published on August 6 in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.  Discuss
Is DBT cost-effective? It depends on where you live
August 7, 2020 -- Whether digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is more effective than digital mammography for breast screening may depend on the country. An August 4 study in Radiology found that DBT was largely cost-effective at a threshold of $38,500 per life-year gained -- but not at $20,000 per life-year gained.  Discuss
Relaxing rooms may improve mammogram image quality
August 5, 2020 -- A women's imaging center in Florida has reported that spa-like rooms with soothing videos, scents, and sounds resulted in better mammogram image quality. Their study is the first to link multisensory environments to better breast images, according to the researchers.  Discuss
Russian scientists develop breast MRI device
August 5, 2020 -- A group of Russian scientists have developed a device that can enable existing MRI scanners to perform breast MRI without the need for specialized breast coils. They shared their results in research published online July 31 in Nature Communications.  Discuss
DBT benefits are strongest for initial breast screening
July 31, 2020 -- The benefits of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) are strongest for women undergoing their first breast screening. DBT had better initial cancer detection and recall rates than digital mammography in a large, long-term study published on July 28 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Radiologists reading mammograms show wide variation
July 31, 2020 -- Radiologists interpreting mammograms demonstrated a wide range of sensitivity for detecting cancer, according to results of a study published July 28 in Radiology. The authors believe the findings justify the use of computer-aided detection (CAD) solutions for breast screening.  Discuss
Are lesbian, bisexual women less likely to get mammograms?
July 30, 2020 -- Are lesbian and bisexual women less likely to get mammograms? Not necessarily. While white bisexual women were significantly less likely to have a recent mammogram, Black bisexual women were far more likely to have had a mammogram in the past 12 months, a recent LGBT Health study found.  Discuss
Cancer screenings drop precipitously due to COVID-19
July 28, 2020 -- The number of screening exams for colorectal and breast cancer performed at 20 U.S. hospitals dropped by nearly 90% in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research published online July 27 in JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics.  Discuss