Cancer history in relatives boosts breast cancer risk
February 12, 2018 -- Having a first-degree relative with a family history of breast cancer sharply increases the risk of breast cancer in women older than 65, according to a study of more than 400,000 women published February 12 in JAMA Internal Medicine. The findings could weigh into the debate over whether these women should undergo mammography screening.  Discuss
Study explores link between prenatal ultrasound and autism
February 12, 2018 -- The incidence of autism spectrum disorder has dramatically increased in the past few decades -- as has the use of prenatal ultrasound. Is there a link? A new study published online February 12 in JAMA Pediatrics offers equivocal results.  Discuss
Deep-learning algorithm can assess breast density
February 9, 2018 -- A deep-learning algorithm can provide fully automated analysis of breast density on screening mammography exams, yielding density estimates that correlate well with assessments provided by radiologists, according to research published online January 24 in Medical Physics.  Discuss
Is the mammography debate an example of 'fake science'?
February 5, 2018 -- In today's world of "fake news" and "alternative facts," is the debate over mammography screening one of "fake science"? It might be, according to a paper published recently in BMC Medical Ethics from a Norwegian researcher who claims to show how breast screening researchers fit facts to suit their beliefs.  Discuss
Breast density laws mystify primary care providers
February 2, 2018 -- Almost half of primary care providers don't feel prepared to respond to patient questions about breast density, according to a study published online January 17 in the Journal of Women's Health.  Discuss
At high risk for breast cancer? Start screening early
January 24, 2018 -- Women at high risk for breast cancer should start annual mammography screening before the age of 40, and they may benefit from supplemental screening modalities such as breast MRI, according to guidelines from the American College of Radiology published online January 19 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
What's the best way to follow up breast cancer survivors?
January 18, 2018 -- How should women with breast cancer be tracked after lumpectomy or mastectomy? An optimal surveillance regimen has yet to be defined, according to a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
More women get breast screening after ACA bans copays
January 17, 2018 -- More women participated in mammography screening when they no longer had to pay out of pocket for part of the cost, as stipulated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), found a study published January 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study is the latest to show the ACA as having a positive effect on public health.  Discuss
3D power Doppler helps detect fetal growth restriction
January 15, 2018 -- 3D power Doppler can help confirm fetal growth restriction, a pathologic condition that occurs in up to 9% of pregnancies and can affect not only how a woman's pregnancy is followed but also when she delivers her baby, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
Should chest CT scans be reviewed for breast lesions?
January 12, 2018 -- What should be done with incidental breast lesions detected in women receiving chest CT exams? A new study recommends not only that these lesions be followed up, but also that a new reporting scale similar to BI-RADS be used to classify the findings, according to results published in Clinical Imaging.  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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