2 ultrasound features predict cancer recurrence risk
January 23, 2020 -- Machine learning might one day be able to tell which breast cancer patients will benefit from additional genetic testing. In a recent study, researchers used natural language processing to identify key features from ultrasound reports associated with cancer recurrence risk.  Discuss
Biomarkers on PET, MRI show breast cancer risk
January 23, 2020 -- In a finding they described as "unexpected," researchers used PET and MRI to discover that women with a malignant tumor in one breast have lower levels of certain biomarkers in the contralateral, healthy breast. Results were published in the January edition of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Hey, Alexa -- Tell me about breast density
January 16, 2020 -- Asking personal assistants like Alexa about complex health issues isn't a reality now, but one day it might be. Researchers describe how an interactive health educator called Danya could teach women about breast density in a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine on January 9.  Discuss
Can QA sessions help technologists read mammograms?
January 14, 2020 -- Would the use of technologists to interpret screening mammograms be a viable option if their performance were improved through regular quality assurance (QA) sessions with radiologists? Maybe, but not by much, according to the findings of a new study from the Netherlands published on January 7 in Radiology.  Discuss
Insurance plays major role in breast cancer disparities
January 13, 2020 -- Racial and ethnic minority women are more likely to be diagnosed with an advanced stage of breast cancer, and insurance may be partly to blame. Insurance status accounted for nearly half of the diagnosis disparity among minority women in a study published online January 9 in JAMA Oncology.  Discuss
Are breast density notification laws really working?
January 9, 2020 -- Are breast density notification laws really working to educate women? The laws may not be increasing women's knowledge about the health risks associated with having dense breasts, according to a new study published January 9 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Breast density laws don't boost ultrasound rates
January 7, 2020 -- State laws designed to notify women with dense breast tissue about their options for supplemental imaging may not actually boost the use of ultrasound. A study in the January edition of the Journal of the American College of Radiology found density notification laws did not increase ultrasound rates.  Discuss
Ultrasound of infants exposed to Zika predicts long-term risk
January 6, 2020 -- Some infants who were exposed to the Zika virus in utero but who appeared normal at birth later demonstrated delays in development as toddlers, according to a study published online January 6 in JAMA Pediatrics. But imaging tools such as ultrasound and MRI can help indicate which children might be at increased risk.  Discuss
AI performs well in large-scale breast screening study
January 2, 2020 -- In a large-scale study that replicated real-world breast screening conditions, an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm performed well in interpreting mammograms, reducing both false positives and false negatives. The findings were published January 1 in Nature.  Discuss
Model predicts metastases in endometrial cancer patients
December 24, 2019 -- Using ultrasound in combination with endometrial biopsy results and clinical characteristics allows clinicians to reliably predict the risk of lymph node metastases in endometrial cancer patients before surgery. Researchers found the model to be superior to risk stratification alone in a study published online December 16 in Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Discuss