Breast density, microcals, and masses can be inherited
April 3, 2020 -- Dense breast tissue, microcalcifications, and masses are all risk factors for breast cancer that can be seen on mammograms. They're also all heritable, according to research published on April 2 in Cancer Research.  Discuss
Ob/gyn ultrasound tools work for COVID-19 lung imaging
April 1, 2020 -- The ultrasound probes and systems that ob/gyn professionals typically rely on for prenatal checkups can also be used for lung imaging in patients with suspected cases of COVID-19, according to an article published on March 24 in Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynaecology.  Discuss
DBT has lower recall rate in large U.S. study
March 30, 2020 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) had significantly lower recall rates than digital mammography in a study published on March 30 in JAMA Network Open. The modality also had higher rates of breast cancer detection, suggesting the reduction in recalls wasn't because of missed cancer cases.  Discuss
Shorter MRI works for patients with breast cancer history
March 25, 2020 -- Breast MRI with a shorter screening protocol can still help detect cancer recurrence for women with a personal history of breast cancer, according to a study published on March 12 in PLOS One. Abbreviated MRI with an 11-minute protocol identified almost a dozen cancers missed by alternative screening modalities.  Discuss
Is the annual cost of breast cancer screening worth it?
March 23, 2020 -- The total national cost of annual breast cancer screening in a population of younger, commercially insured women is $2.1 billion in the U.S., according to a research letter published online March 23 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
CT details effect of COVID-19 on pregnant women
March 20, 2020 -- Does COVID-19 have a more devastating effect on pregnant women? Is the disease passed down to newborns after birth? What's the best management strategy for this vulnerable population? Researchers from China addressed these and similar questions in a March 18 study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Breast MRI works as presurgical tool
March 20, 2020 -- Breast MRI may improve surgical success for women with breast cancer, according to a study published on March 17 in Radiology. Patients who underwent presurgical MRI had fewer positive surgical margins and repeat surgeries than those who did not.  Discuss
MRI helps create measures for normal fetal development
March 19, 2020 -- Using MRI, Israeli researchers have established a set of benchmark measurements for fetal facial and cranial structures to help chart development over multiple gestation weeks. Their findings were published on March 12 in the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
More young women are developing breast cancer
March 13, 2020 -- Over the past eight decades, breast cancer incidence has risen in younger women, according to the findings of a study published on March 13 in JAMA Network Open. Researchers found breast cancer incidence in women younger than age 40 increased by 0.65% annually starting in 1935.  Discuss
Patients want screening mammography results via video
March 13, 2020 -- Patients prefer receiving screening mammography results via a video message from their radiologist -- even more than a mailed letter or a phone call from their primary care provider, according to a study published online March 6 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss