DBT know-how boosts FFDM recall, cancer detection rates
March 15, 2018 -- A study in the March issue of Radiology indicates that experience with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) may change the way breast imagers interpret 2D mammograms in subtle but significant ways. Researchers found higher recall rates in this scenario, but also a boost in cancer detection rates and positive predictive value.  Discuss
Deep learning may produce sharp reductions in DBT dose
March 14, 2018 -- An artificial intelligence algorithm may enable breast imagers to sharply reduce radiation dose from digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) exams -- perhaps by as much as 80%, according to research presented last month at the SPIE Medical Imaging 2018 conference in Houston.  Discuss
Fujifilm files patent, antitrust suit against Hologic
March 7, 2018 -- Fujifilm Medical Systems USA and parent company Fujifilm Corporation have filed a patent and antitrust lawsuit against women's imaging firm Hologic, opening a new front in their ongoing legal battle over digital breast tomosynthesis intellectual property.  Discuss
Race matters for breast cancer screening protocols
March 7, 2018 -- More women of color in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer when they're younger than 50, compared with their white counterparts, according to a study published online March 7 in JAMA Surgery. The results suggest that age-based screening guidelines that don't take race into account may result in missed cancers.  Discuss
Focus on FOCUS, a new DWI-MRI protocol for breast lesions
March 5, 2018 -- A new type of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) is giving conventional breast MRI a run for its money. Field-of-view optimized and constrained undistorted single-shot (FOCUS) imaging can identify 85% of suspicious breast lesions, ECR 2018 delegates learned in Vienna.  Discuss
Evidence-based medicine 'misused' in breast MRI
March 3, 2018 -- VIENNA - During a refresher course at ECR 2018, breast MRI expert Dr. Christiane Kuhl said the principles of evidence-based medicine have been misused in the case of preoperative breast MRI, and that's part of the reason why the modality hasn't been adopted more widely by the surgical community.  Discuss
New Logiq E10 ultrasound scanner paces GE ECR launches
March 3, 2018 -- VIENNA - A flagship ultrasound scanner optimized for the coming age of artificial intelligence, as well as a CT scanner designed to simplify dual-energy scanning, are among the new product introductions in the booth of GE Healthcare at ECR.  Discuss
Leave no invasive breast cancer behind by using MRI
March 3, 2018 -- VIENNA - Mammography and ultrasound underestimate 30% of disease in patients with invasive ductal carcinoma, according to research from Israel presented at ECR 2018. MRI overestimates the extent of disease, but at least no cancer is left behind.  Discuss
Philips signs deal with Hologic for mammography
March 2, 2018 -- VIENNA - Philips Healthcare has signed a deal with women's imaging firm Hologic concerning the distribution and sale of mammography equipment. The deal helps Philips shore up one of the weaker areas of its product lineup, while giving Hologic a relationship with a multimodality vendor.  Discuss
Study finds Oslo women skip breast screening
March 1, 2018 -- VIENNA - Low breast cancer screening attendance rates plague capital cities and metropolitan areas. Researchers often cite high immigrant populations as the cause of this trend, but how accurate is that? A new study presented on Thursday at ECR 2018 reveals the truth behind the claim.  Discuss
Special Feature
Use of DBT lags in Medicare system -- or does it?

Just under 20% of women in the Medicare population received digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) exams in 2015, the first year of Medicare coverage for the technology. Does the figure mean DBT use is lagging in the federal system -- or that it's taking hold? Read more

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