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
6 factors that influence who gets routine mammography
January 7, 2021 -- Researchers identified six psychological and socioeconomic factors that influence whether a woman is more or less likely to undergo regular screening mammography. The Turkish research team published their findings on January 2 in Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. Read More
Family breast cancer history tied to mammo usage
January 6, 2021 -- Should women with a family history of breast cancer qualify for additional screening mammography? A December 24 study in the Breast found these moderate-risk patients underwent more mammograms and had a higher rate of screen-detected cancers than their lower-risk peers. Read More
DBT doesn't find more cancers in breast cancer survivors
December 24, 2020 -- The benefits of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) may be limited for finding additional cancers in breast cancer survivors, according to a December 22 study in Radiology. While DBT led to fewer recalls, the modality didn't boost the cancer detection rate for this high-risk population. Read More
New device combines ABUS, DBT for better breast imaging
December 18, 2020 -- A prototype device combining 3D automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) and digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) performed well in a feasibility study published on December 12 in European Radiology. The system identified 97% of cancers and added only about a minute to the DBT exam time. 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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