ARRS: Added radiation exposure from DBT is within limits
April 24, 2018 -- WASHINGTON, DC - While digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) increases radiation exposure for women when used with digital mammography for screening, the combined dose remains well within safety standards, according to a study presented on Monday at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.  Discuss
False-positive screening results don't deter patients
April 23, 2018 -- Patients who previously had a false-positive breast or prostate cancer screening test aren't deterred from future screening -- in fact, they are more likely to comply with screening protocols, according to a study published online April 23 in Cancer.  Discuss
How serious is the risk of breast cancer overdiagnosis?
April 23, 2018 -- Overdiagnosis of breast cancer -- that is, the detection of cancer on screening that would not necessarily become apparent in a woman's lifetime -- is cited as one of screening mammography's biggest harms. But its prevalence is not as high as some think, according to a study published in the May issue of Radiology.  Discuss
Is Twitter a good source of mammography information?
April 20, 2018 -- Studies show that the benefits of screening mammography outweigh its radiation risks, yet women continue to express concern about the radiation from mammography, often through social media and particularly on Twitter, according to research published online April 13 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Does double reading improve breast cancer screening?
April 19, 2018 -- Double reading of mammography screening exams -- and using a third reader or a consensus process to resolve any interpretation discrepancies -- increases the number of cancers detected and reduces recalls, according to a study published online April 10 in Radiology.  Discuss
How can unnecessary ABUS recalls be avoided?
April 16, 2018 -- Automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) can yield lower recall rates than handheld ultrasound, but unnecessary recalls still occur -- and it's important to find ways to reduce them, according to research presented at the recent American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine annual meeting in New York City.  Discuss
DBT improves breast cancer screening in young women
April 13, 2018 -- Adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to digital mammography improves breast cancer screening in women younger than 50, decreasing recalls and finding more cancers in those who have dense tissue, according to a study published online April 9 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Multiparametric MRI shines for suspected breast cancer
April 13, 2018 -- Dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI and diffusion-weighted imaging each have advantages and disadvantages for assessing suspicious breast lesions. The optimal approach is multiparametric MRI using both methods, according to a new study published online in Investigative Radiology.  Discuss
US body fat measure predicts obstetric complications
April 11, 2018 -- A woman's body fat index measured by ultrasound appears to be a better gauge of the possibility of obstetric complications than body mass index, according to research presented at the recent American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine meeting in New York City.  Discuss
Muscle mass, adiposity on CT predict breast cancer survival
April 6, 2018 -- Measurements of muscle mass and adiposity drawn from the CT scans of patients with breast cancer predicted their survival better than calculations of body mass index, according to research published online April 5 in JAMA Oncology.  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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