USPSTF readies update to breast screening guidelines
January 21, 2021 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has published the draft research plan it will use to update its mammography screening guidance. The plan is the first step to issuing new USPSTF breast screening recommendations, which can affect how private insurers reimburse screening. Read More
Can CT provide a better map of breast density?
January 21, 2021 -- An international research team used dozens of CT images to map breast density in a January 16 study published in Medical Physics. Their technique could lead to more accurate radiation dose estimates and improved breast cancer risk models. Read More
Can MRI-guided breast biopsy evaluate chemo response?
January 19, 2021 -- MRI-guided breast biopsy looks like a promising method to evaluate complete response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in women with breast cancer, according to the findings of a pilot study published January 15 in JAMA Network Open. Read More
Mammograms for inpatients could boost screening rates
January 15, 2021 -- Offering mammograms to low-income patients during an inpatient hospital stay could boost screening rates, according to the findings of a small pilot study published on January 11 in the Annals of Family Medicine. Read More
How many cancers were missed during the COVID-19 pandemic?
January 14, 2021 -- Cancer diagnoses declined by double digits at a prominent Boston healthcare system during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020, according to an analysis published on January 14 in JAMA Oncology. Researchers estimated more than 1,400 lesions could have been missed in a three-month period. Read More
Asians, Hispanics miss out on imaging during pandemic
January 14, 2021 -- Hispanic and Asian patients have been significantly less likely to get imaging studies during the COVID-19 pandemic, creating the risk of delayed diagnoses, according to a Brigham and Women's study published January 12 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Read More
AI bolsters specificity of screening breast ultrasound
January 12, 2021 -- A diagnostic model that incorporates artificial intelligence (AI)-based quantitative analysis can significantly decrease false-positive rates for masses detected on screening breast ultrasound exams, potentially helping to reduce unnecessary biopsies, according to a study published online January 11 in Scientific Reports. Read More
Density notification laws are working -- but not equally
January 12, 2021 -- Dense breast notification laws appear to be providing more women with density information, but the gains are not equal across all types of women, according to the findings of a study published on December 24 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Read More
Can AI spot breast cancer years before radiologists?
January 11, 2021 -- A deep-learning algorithm successfully detected breast cancer on screening mammography, in some cases as early as two years before it was diagnosed during conventional interpretation, according to research published online January 11 in Nature Medicine. The algorithm also performed well with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) exams. Read More
CT/ultrasound fusion enhances ovarian biopsies
January 8, 2021 -- A method that combines CT radiomics and real-time CT/ultrasound image fusion can yield more accurate and efficient tissue biopsies in ovarian cancer patients and may, in the future, even facilitate "virtual" biopsies, according to research published online December 14 in European Radiology. Read More