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Saudi hospital successfully implements IORT for breast cancer
December 10, 2013 -- Intraoperative radiation therapy for early-stage breast cancer was successfully implemented in a hospital in Saudi Arabia, spurring more installations in the region, according to a presentation by Dr. Yasir Bahadur at last week's RSNA meeting.
Breast tomosynthesis, density research highlighted at RSNA
December 5, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Study findings on the benefits of digital breast tomosynthesis and how tissue density affects a woman's breast cancer risk as she ages were highlighted on Tuesday at the RSNA meeting. Dr. Nicholas Perry, from the London Breast Institute, was one of the speakers at the session.
Shear-wave elastography, ABUS help classify breast lesions
December 2, 2013 -- CHICAGO - High tumor stiffness at shear-wave elastography appears to predict lymph node metastasis in women with invasive breast cancer, and automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) turned in a similar diagnostic performance to handheld ultrasound, according to two studies presented on Sunday at the RSNA meeting.
Kuhl: To thrive, radiology must be visible to patients and referrers
November 20, 2013 -- Earlier this month, Dr. Christiane Kuhl became the first female president of the Radiological Society of Rhineland-Westphalia in Germany. In this interview, she speaks about her hopes for the future and her fear that radiology is vanishing from the consciousness of patients and referrers.
Dutch strive to cut costs by avoiding preoperative breast MRI
November 4, 2013 -- Before preoperative breast MRI, it's feasible to work out which patients are most likely to show similar results on mammography and ultrasound, and this may help to save on the expense of an MRI exam, Dutch researchers have found.
Doctors are not informing patients of overdiagnosis risk
October 28, 2013 -- Patients are not being told about the possibility of overdiagnosis and overtreatment as a result of cancer screening programs, and many say they wouldn't start a screening program if the overdiagnosis rate is too high, according to a German survey of patients in the U.S.
Study: Make more use of 3T MRI to identify DCIS
October 21, 2013 -- Adding 3-tesla MRI to mammography for patients presenting with suspicious microcalcifications adds "significant" value, Dutch researchers have found. Specifically, the modality boosts the percentage of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) lesions detected.
Ditch biopsy for axillary breast cancer staging, experts say
October 11, 2013 -- Is the end in sight for sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) for axillary staging of breast cancer patients? U.K. researchers call the procedure "redundant" in light of MR imaging with dye based on superparamagnetic iron oxide.
Swedish-led study supports automated breast ultrasound
October 9, 2013 -- Use of automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) in combination with mammography for women with dense breast tissue can result in an increase in cancer detection from 0.42% with mammography alone compared with 0.66% in women who received mammography combined with ABUS, according to a new European study.
Functional MRI studies scoop top awards at ESMRMB
October 7, 2013 -- Researchers from the U.K. and France collected prestigious prizes at the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB) meeting in Toulouse, France, for their investigations into resting state functional MRI.
Self-tested QA could become routine for Dutch breast imagers
October 4, 2013 -- Everyone agrees on the importance of quality assurance (QA), especially in breast screening. But formal audits are time-consuming and infrequent, and often don't address individual performance. A group of Dutch researchers has addressed the issue with a self-test specifically designed to let breast imagers know how they are doing.
ESUR updates guidelines on acute pelvic pain during pregnancy
September 27, 2013 -- The European Society of Urogenital Radiology (ESUR) has updated its guidelines regarding acute abdominal and pelvic pain during pregnancy. The group found that ultrasound and MRI are still the preferred modalities for this indication, among other conclusions.
Breast MRI reduces biopsies of false positives
September 20, 2013 -- In experienced hands, breast MRI with mammography or ultrasound can help avoid biopsies of suspicious lesions that would otherwise turn out to be false positives, according to a researcher from a leading German institution.
Simplified protocol improves breast MRI screening
September 16, 2013 -- A streamlined protocol for breast MRI could make the modality a viable option for breast cancer screening by cutting image acquisition and reading time to just three minutes, according to Dr. Christiane Kuhl, head of radiology at the University of Aachen in Germany.
Study: Breast cancer false positives can turn malignant
September 13, 2013 -- A large number of in situ malignancies and calcification patterns were found among women who had prior false positives on mammography screening in a new study from Barcelona. The findings suggest the false positives may have progressed to cancer and reinforces the importance of encouraging women with false-positive results to undergo regular screening.