DBT improves lesion categorization in diagnostic setting
October 5, 2016 -- Studies have shown that using digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for breast cancer screening reduces recall rates and increases the detection of invasive cancers. But it also offers benefits in the diagnostic setting, such as helping breast imagers categorize lesions more accurately, according to a new study published in the October issue of Radiology.  Discuss
Coalition: Payment for yearly breast screening threatened
October 3, 2016 -- A coalition of patient groups and breast cancer experts are appealing to the U.S. Congress to protect a mandate in the Affordable Care Act that requires insurers to cover annual screening mammograms for women 40 and older.  Discuss
ASTRO: PET predicts outcomes in vulvar cancer patients
September 30, 2016 -- PET scans performed three months after chemoradiation treatment for vulvar cancer can be valuable for predicting overall likelihood of survival as well as the risk of local and distant disease recurrence, according to a study presented on Monday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting in Boston.  Discuss
Tweets reveal women's perspectives on mammography
September 29, 2016 -- What aspect of mammography stands out most to women who undergo the procedure? A review of the social media platform Twitter produced some revealing insights, according to a new study published online September 19 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
Breast shielding doesn't affect DNA damage from CT
September 26, 2016 -- The use of breast shields during coronary CT angiography studies in women had no effect on the amount of DNA damage patients sustained during exams, but it did degrade image quality, according to a new study in the October issue of Radiology.  Discuss
Hospital websites must improve mammography patient info
September 21, 2016 -- More than half of U.S. hospitals with websites and breast cancer screening services offer online mammography patient education material. But is the material understandable to patients? Not as often as it should be, says a new study in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
ACOs boost use of screening mammography
September 20, 2016 -- Healthcare reforms such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) appear to boost utilization rates for screening mammography -- for some demographic groups by as much as 42%. This suggests that incentive-based programs like ACOs could boost quality and cut costs, according to a new study published online September 20 in Radiology.  Discuss
MQSA meeting to address image quality, breast density
September 14, 2016 -- Should U.S. mammography facilities be meeting higher standards for image quality? And should requirements on breast density be added to the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA)? These questions will be debated on September 15 in a meeting of the U.S. National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee.  Discuss
Zika's rapid spread on MRI scans shocks researchers
September 13, 2016 -- Researchers using MRI to study the Zika virus in a pregnant monkey said they were "shocked" at how quickly the virus spread from the animal to its fetus. The findings could shape efforts to develop a vaccine for the disease, according to a study published online September 12 in Nature Medicine.  Discuss
SDMS takes issue with ultrasound autism study
September 9, 2016 -- The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) is expressing concern that a recent study linking first-trimester ultrasound with more severe autism symptoms may lead pregnant women to skip or delay a medically necessary examination.  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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