Investigation highlights midwife's failure to read ultrasound scans
June 24, 2021 -- A patient had to make an agonizing decision to terminate her first pregnancy at 25 weeks after a midwife said she was too busy to read two ultrasound exams showing serious fetal abnormalities, according to a report issued on June 21 by the New Zealand authorities. The problems with the pregnancy could have been picked up a month earlier, the report found. Read More
What factors affect radiologists' mammography interpretations?
June 22, 2021 -- It's no secret that radiologists' interpretive accuracy on screening mammography can vary widely, according to a study published June 22 in Radiology. Read More
ACR's new breast cancer screening guidance focuses on minority women
June 21, 2021 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society for Breast Imaging on June 18 released updated screening mammography guidance in the Journal of the American College of Radiology -- once again stressing the importance of annual exams starting at age 40. Read More
Elastography helpful in breast microcalcification cases
June 21, 2021 -- Shear-wave elastography could be useful in helping decide whether women undergoing breast screening should receive a second biopsy or excision when it comes to suspicious microcalcifications, according to research published June 11 in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. Read More
Does chest CT have a role in breast imaging?
June 18, 2021 -- Chest CT isn't usually associated with breast cancer detection, but maybe it should be: The modality can identify incidental, suspicious breast lesions in women undergoing the exam for other reasons, and many of these lesions are malignant, according to a study published June 14 in Breast. Read More
Breast MRI finds more recurrent cancer
June 18, 2021 -- Breast MRI does a better job than mammography in detecting recurring cancer in women who have undergone breast conservation therapy, according to a study published June 11 in Plos One. Read More
Swollen lymph nodes after vaccination? Fear not
June 15, 2021 -- Swollen lymph nodes developed in breast imaging patients in Israel shortly after they received COVID-19 vaccines, but that may not be reason to worry, according to research published June 10 in Academic Radiology. Read More
High BPE on breast MRI linked to BRCA mutation for breast cancer
June 15, 2021 -- Background parenchymal enhancement (BPE) on breast MRI has already been linked to breast cancer risk in women undergoing mammograms. Now, a new study has found a connection between BPE and genetic mutations that are indicators of higher breast cancer risk. Read More
Mammography or COVID-19 vaccine? Experts say, 'Get both'
June 11, 2021 -- The COVID-19 pandemic affected breast imaging practices across the U.S., but imagers are doing their part to catch up on delayed screenings as vaccine distribution continues, according to panelists at the June 9 virtual meeting of the Society of Breast Imaging's Summer Series. Read More
Breast MRI useful in detecting early interval cancers
June 9, 2021 -- Supplemental screening with MRI is a good tool for detecting interval cancers in women with a personal history of breast cancer, with several patient characteristics linked to likelihood of cancer, according to research published June 8 in Radiology. Read More