ARRS: What types of breast pain need imaging workup?
May 6, 2019 -- Referring physicians need a better understanding of what kinds of breast pain should prompt imaging workup and what imaging to order, according to research presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting in Honolulu. Read More
ASBrS releases risk-based breast screening guidelines
May 3, 2019 -- The momentum toward greater use of risk-based breast screening continues to build. The American Society of Breast Surgeons has released what it says are the first screening mammography guidelines based on a woman's individual breast cancer risk profile, calling for all women to be assessed for risk when they are 25. Read More
ASBrS: Less-invasive mastectomy safe for more women
May 3, 2019 -- A type of mastectomy that leaves the surface of the breast intact is a safe option for more women, including those who have breast cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes or who are at risk for surgical complications, according to research presented May 2 at the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) meeting in Dallas. Read More
Contrast mammo equals MRI for measuring tumor size
April 30, 2019 -- Contrast-enhanced digital mammography works just as well as contrast-enhanced breast MRI for measuring breast tumors before surgery, according to a study published April 24 in the British Journal of Radiology. Read More
Breast MRI slashes surgeries for suspicious lesions
April 29, 2019 -- Contrast-enhanced breast MRI can triage patients with discordant benign breast biopsy results -- helping almost 70% of women in this situation to avoid unnecessary surgery, according to a new study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. Read More
Cardiac MRI flags signs of early heart disease in women
April 26, 2019 -- The thickness of the coronary wall is a marker for coronary artery disease (CAD) in women, and it can be visualized using MRI -- giving clinicians a potential tool to recognize heart disease in women earlier, according to a study published online April 25 in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging. Read More
5 steps for putting abbreviated breast MRI into your practice
April 23, 2019 -- Breast MRI is the most sensitive tool for detecting breast cancer, but its cost and time requirements often hinder its use, according to a new study published April 17 in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Yet with the development of an abbreviated MRI protocol, the modality is becoming an increasingly viable option. Read More
Women benefit from ACA's ban on mammography co-pays
April 18, 2019 -- The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's (ACA) elimination of co-pays for screening mammography in 2010 has had a positive benefit for commercially insured women across a variety of racial and income groups, a study published online April 13 in the Journal of Women's Health has found. Read More
Ultrasound in late pregnancy could reduce C-section rate
April 16, 2019 -- Performing ultrasound scans late in pregnancy helps women avoid undiagnosed breech presentation of their babies, translating to improved clinical outcomes, lower rates of emergency cesarean sections (C-sections), and perhaps even lower healthcare costs, according to a study published April 16 in PLOS Medicine. Read More
Elastography can help characterize breast tumors
April 16, 2019 -- Breast elastography is an overlooked tool for evaluating breast cancer, especially since it shows promise for helping radiologists distinguish between benign and malignant lesions, according to a presentation delivered at the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) meeting in Orlando, FL. Read More