Breast density group asks FDA to clarify notification
June 14, 2019 -- Efforts by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to standardize breast density notification across the U.S. are admirable but could be improved, according to comments submitted to the FDA June 12 by advocacy group DenseBreast-info.org.  Discuss
How risky is risk-based mammography screening?
June 13, 2019 -- Risk-based mammography screening has been touted as a way to minimize the modality's harms and boost its benefits. But does risk-based screening really save more lives, especially when it comes to younger women? It may not, according to a new study published online June 11 in Radiology.  Discuss
Study validates digital measurements of breast density
June 13, 2019 -- Research using analog mammography has shown that a woman's breast tissue density can be affected by reproductive factors such as when she first had children or when she began menstruation. But does this association hold up if the images are acquired with digital technology? California researchers sought to find out.  Discuss
Radiologists 'get the gist' of cancer in breast images
June 10, 2019 -- Radiologists can "get the gist" of breast cancer in mammograms up to three years before clinical signs of it are visible, according to a new study published online June 5 in BJR. The results support the fact that radiologists and their expertise are still crucial when it comes to cancer detection.  Discuss
Surveillance breast MRI is double-edged sword
June 4, 2019 -- Using breast MRI for the surveillance of breast cancer survivors appears to be a double-edged sword. While breast MRI has a better cancer recurrence detection rate than mammography, the modality also can lead to more biopsies, according to a study published online June 4 in Radiology.  Discuss
Do density notification laws lead to downstream testing?
June 4, 2019 -- Although the change is modest, supplemental breast imaging and biopsy rates increased in states that passed laws requiring patients to be notified if they have dense breast tissue, according to a study published online May 31 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.  Discuss
AI can trim mammography workload for radiologists
June 4, 2019 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can sharply decrease the number of mammograms that require interpretation by radiologists -- without affecting diagnostic accuracy, according to research published online May 30 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Breast cancer drives disparity between younger men, women
May 31, 2019 -- Progress continues to be made in the fight against cancer, with death rates dropping for both men and women, according to a new report published May 30 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. But cancer incidence is much higher in younger women than in men, largely due to breast cancer.  Discuss
AI may help reduce overdiagnosis of breast cancer
May 31, 2019 -- Utilizing both clinical and imaging data, a risk-assessment model based on artificial intelligence (AI) called the Breast Cancer Risk Calculator could avoid many unnecessary biopsies in patients with BI-RADS 4 mammography findings, according to research published online May 29 in JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics.  Discuss
Low compliance sinks risk-based breast cancer screening
May 29, 2019 -- Risk-based breast cancer screening isn't necessarily more effective -- on a clinical or cost basis -- if women don't choose to get screened at high enough rates, according to a study from Germany published online May 23 in PLOS One.  Discuss