Breast cancer follow-up imaging varies widely
July 13, 2018 -- Follow-up imaging for women with nonmetastatic breast cancer varies widely across the U.S., with some women going without annual mammography postdiagnosis and others getting too much imaging via full-body scans, according to a study in the July issue of the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.  Discuss
Women's menstrual phase may increase radiation risk
July 13, 2018 -- Hormonal changes caused by a woman's menstrual cycle may put them at higher risk of developing cancer from exposure to medical radiation, according to a letter published July 10 in Radiology. Providers may want to consider menstrual phase when deciding when to perform studies -- particularly nuclear medicine exams -- in younger women, the researchers recommended.  Discuss
Contrast ultrasound identifies early cervical cancer
July 13, 2018 -- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound appears to be an effective alternative to MRI for identifying early cervical cancer -- especially in women who have tumors small enough to make them candidates for surgery, according to a study published in the August issue of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
Early breast cancer screening = less-extensive treatment
July 12, 2018 -- Regular breast cancer screening with mammography for younger women translates into a lower stage at breast cancer diagnosis and less-extensive treatment, according to a study published online July 9 in the Annals of Surgical Oncology.  Discuss
Mammography screening should consider radiation risk
July 11, 2018 -- A woman's risk of radiation-induced cancer from regular screening mammography should be taken into consideration when assessing the performance of breast cancer screening programs, according to a study published in the August issue of Radiography.  Discuss
Would risk-based breast screening be more cost-effective?
July 5, 2018 -- Not offering breast screening to women at lower risk of cancer could improve the cost-effectiveness of screening programs, reduce overdiagnosis, and maintain most of the benefits of screening, according to U.K. research published online July 5 by JAMA Oncology.  Discuss
Second opinions change half of breast imaging results
July 3, 2018 -- When patients go to subspecialists for second-opinion interpretations of suspicious breast imaging exams, the original interpretations change approximately half the time, according to a study published online June 28 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
How does access to prior images affect DBT's recall rate?
July 2, 2018 -- Having access to prior mammography images and comparing them with current digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) exams reduced recalls by almost 70% in a study published June 29 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Comparing current images with priors also cut the digital mammography recall rate by 56%.  Discuss
Group uses AI to assess mammo interpretation bias
June 29, 2018 -- Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN, have used artificial intelligence (AI) technology to analyze how radiologists read mammograms, according to research published in the July issue of the Journal of Medical Imaging.  Discuss
USPSTF reaffirms osteoporosis screening
June 28, 2018 -- Women 65 years and older should be screened regularly for osteoporosis, according to a final recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published in the June 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.  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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