High-risk women should start breast screening earlier
November 14, 2019 -- Should women with a family history of breast cancer start mammography screening earlier than established guidelines indicate? A new study published on November 14 in JAMA Oncology says yes -- in some cases, as much as 14 years earlier.  Discuss
German study confirms breast screening's mortality reduction
November 14, 2019 -- Breast cancer mortality in Germany dropped by more than 20% after the country implemented a nationwide breast screening program, according to a new study. Researchers also saw a decline in the number of late-stage breast cancer cases, further supporting the effectiveness of mammography screening.  Discuss
CT highlights risk of lung inflammation from vaping
November 14, 2019 -- Fresh evidence has emerged of the health dangers of vaping. In a case report published by Archives of Disease in Childhood on November 11, U.K. authors warn that the fluid in electronic cigarettes may cause life-threatening lung inflammation in those who are susceptible, after treating a teenage boy with respiratory failure.  Discuss
3D printing helps unravel rare cardiac anomalies
November 14, 2019 -- A 3D-printed heart model based on patient MR images helped physicians identify two uncommon cardiac anomalies in a case report published online November 11 in Clinical Imaging. The technique may be a viable alternative to more invasive procedures, such as cardiac catheterization, researchers say.  Discuss
ALA: CT lung screening has 'lifesaving' potential
November 13, 2019 -- In its annual report on lung cancer in the U.S., the American Lung Association (ALA) on November 13 highlighted the benefits of CT lung screening and its contribution to a 26% improvement in the five-year survival rate of lung cancer patients over the past decade.  Discuss
7T MRI finds promising MS biomarker
November 13, 2019 -- Using 7-tesla MRI scans, researchers have identified a potentially valuable biomarker of brain inflammation in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) that could shed light on how the disease progresses, according to a study published online November 12 in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal.  Discuss
Gadolinium MRI improves diagnosis of shoulder condition
November 13, 2019 -- The addition of gadolinium contrast to MRI scans can bolster diagnoses and help predict the recurrence of a common form of shoulder pain and stiffness among adults 50 and older, according to a study presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in Atlanta.  Discuss
Should CT be added to criteria for diagnosing COPD?
November 13, 2019 -- Researchers from Colorado have proposed expanding the diagnostic criteria for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) to consider CT data along with a patient's symptoms, environmental exposure, and spirometry results in a study recently published in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases: Journal of the COPD Foundation.  Discuss
Deep-learning algorithm bolsters lung cancer detection
November 12, 2019 -- Radiologists using a deep-learning algorithm can detect more cases of lung cancer on chest radiographs than they could without help from the software, while also having fewer false positives, according to research published online November 12 in Radiology.  Discuss
DTI-MRI shows varying results from football hits to head
November 12, 2019 -- MRI scans have revealed a significant reduction in the brain's white matter among high school and junior high football players after multiple hits to the head over the course of one season, according to a study published in the November issue of the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.  Discuss
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