Would ultrasound work for primary breast screening?
June 11, 2020 -- Could ultrasound be used as a primary screening method for breast cancer? A long-term systematic review published on June 1 in BMC Cancer found ultrasound scans performed well as both a primary and secondary cancer screening modality. Read More
PET/CT confirms breast cancer predicted by blood markers
June 11, 2020 -- FDG-PET/CT can detect breast cancer metastases predicted by elevated tumor marker values in asymptomatic patients who have already undergone locoregional treatment, according to a study published June 9 in Oncology. Read More
New DWI-MRI protocol looks promising for breast imaging
June 8, 2020 -- A promising new protocol for diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI-MRI) resulted in better image quality and improved signal-to-noise ratio for breast lesions in a prospective study published online on May 29 in Radiology: Imaging Cancer. Read More
Contrast MRI helps radiologists identify ectopic pregnancy
June 8, 2020 -- Contrast-enhanced MRI can help less experienced radiologists identify implantation sites of ectopic pregnancy, according to a study published in the July issue of Clinical Radiology. Read More
Mednax to sell off radiology business
June 5, 2020 -- Beset by massive declines in procedure volume due to the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare provider Mednax announced June 5 that it is restructuring the company in a plan that includes selling off its radiology business. The company plans to return its focus to pediatrics and obstetrics services. Read More
Breast imagers can help identify women for genetic testing
June 4, 2020 -- It is crucial for breast imaging professionals to recognize patients with an increased risk for hereditary breast cancer who could benefit from genetic testing, according to an article published on May 29 in Radiographics. Read More
Young women have unique breast cancer characteristics
June 2, 2020 -- Women under the age of 40 are more likely than older patients to have breast cancers diagnosed at a later stage and more aggressive tumor types, according to research published on May 22 for the 2020 American Society of Breast Surgeons virtual meeting. Read More
MRI aids discovery of new pregnancy contraction
May 28, 2020 -- Researchers using MRI to study blood flow through the placenta discovered a new type of contraction during pregnancy. The authors described the characteristics of the aptly named "utero-placental pump" in a study published on May 28 in PLOS Biology. Read More
Breast MRI's better cancer detection outweighs false-positive 'harm'
May 28, 2020 -- Breast MRI can produce more false positives on initial screening in women at higher cancer risk -- an outcome many consider a "harm" -- but patients and their doctors may decide this is justified by the modality's higher cancer detection rate, according to a study published May 15 in Clinical Imaging. Read More
Years later, DCIS tied to more imaging but not anxiety
May 26, 2020 -- In the five years after treatment, women with a history of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) are more likely than their peers to undergo breast imaging but not to have anxiety or depression, according to the findings of a study published on May 8 in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. Read More
Special Feature
Should breast ultrasound scans after COVID vaccines be postponed?

When using ultrasound to follow up on suspicious breast masses in patients who just got a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, it may be wise to postpone scans to between 12 and 16 weeks to reduce unnecessary biopsies, according to research published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Read more

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