New breast cancer risk model includes 93 relationships
July 9, 2020 -- Patient age, breast density, and radiation exposure are among the strongest, direct risk factors for breast cancer, according to a new etiology model published on July 8 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.  Discuss
Earlier breast screening benefits women with childhood cancer
July 7, 2020 -- Women who had cancer in childhood treated with chest radiotherapy may strongly benefit from annual breast cancer screening starting in their 20s, according to a study published on July 6 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Annual screening as early as age 25 could reduce breast cancer deaths in these women by more than 50%.  Discuss
Medicaid expansion tied to early breast cancer diagnosis
July 2, 2020 -- Expanded Medicaid coverage was linked to earlier breast cancer diagnosis in a study published on July 1 in JAMA Surgery. Advanced breast cancer diagnoses fell by 3% in states that expanded Medicaid after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Discuss
Adding AI to mpMRI improves breast cancer diagnosis
July 2, 2020 -- Using a deep-learning computer-aided diagnosis algorithm with multiparametric MRI (mpMRI) improves radiologist performance in identifying breast cancer, according to a study published June 29 in Nature.  Discuss
How mammography screening succeeded in Sweden
July 2, 2020 -- Breast screening has been a major success story in Sweden, and the country's experience is often cited as an example of how to implement breast screening on a widespread basis. Dr. László Tabár of Falun Central Hospital explains how it happened.  Discuss
Interval breast cancers have unique characteristics
July 1, 2020 -- Interval breast cancers diagnosed within one year of a breast screening exam may have unique characteristics that make them particularly aggressive and deadly, according to a study published on June 30 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Does digital mammography improve patient outcomes?
June 29, 2020 -- A new study by Australian researchers questions whether breast cancer screening with digital mammography translates to better outcomes than film-screen mammography. The group published its work June 23 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.  Discuss
6 cognitive biases that lead to missed breast cancers
June 26, 2020 -- Missed cancers on breast imaging can be deadly for patients and costly for radiologists. But acknowledging the existence of six cognitive biases may help prevent missing a crucial breast cancer diagnosis, according to a June 12 article in Radiographics.  Discuss
Echocardiography reveals heart changes in WNBA players
June 25, 2020 -- Echocardiograms revealed evidence of cardiac remodeling among elite athletes in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), according to the findings of a landmark study published on June 24 in JAMA Cardiology.  Discuss
SIIM 2020: AI nearly halves breast ultrasound reading time
June 24, 2020 -- Using artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze breast ultrasound lesions reduced interpretation time by 49% at a healthcare center in Missouri. The software is particularly helpful for lesions classified as BI-RADS 2, 3, and 4A, attendees of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine's (SIIM) virtual meeting learned on June 24.  Discuss