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Recalling how fetal ultrasound transformed pregnancy care
May 21, 2013 -- The development of ultrasound in obstetric care has transformed the experience of pregnancy and has been of inestimable value to women. History columnist Dr. Adrian Thomas reviews a new book that traces this progress and focuses on the social and ethical implications.
Pink ribbons fail to inform Austrian women about breast cancer
May 10, 2013 -- Despite high-profile breast cancer awareness campaigns -- such as the use of pink ribbons -- the majority of Austrian women ages 45 to 69 were unaware of key aspects of screening, such as the existence of potential harms from the exams, an Austrian researcher has found.
Radiotherapy not needed for older low-risk breast cancer patients
May 9, 2013 -- Women older than age 55 who are diagnosed with low-risk, localized early-stage breast cancer may be able to forego radiotherapy following breast conservation surgery, according to an Italian study presented at the recent American Society of Breast Surgeons' annual meeting in Chicago.
High-risk breast cancer patients more susceptible to DNA damage
May 3, 2013 -- High-risk breast cancer patients have an increased sensitivity to radiation -- and thus radiation-induced cancer -- so their mammography exams should be limited to a single oblique view, in addition to MRI to detect infiltrative breast cancer and carcinoma in situ, according to French researchers.
Adding 3D breast tomo to mammography finds more cancers
April 26, 2013 -- Using 3D digital breast tomosynthesis with conventional 2D mammography finds 50% more cancers than 2D imaging alone and also reduces the false-positive rate, according to a new study published online April 25 in Lancet Oncology.
EJR: MRI measures up in estimating breast cancer tumors
April 25, 2013 -- Using breast MRI to estimate tumor size in high-risk patients is comparable to the modality's performance for sporadic cancers. This means breast MRI can safely be used for treatment planning, Dutch researchers believe.
Norwegian study shows DBT + mammo find more cancers
April 17, 2013 -- When conventional digital mammography is combined with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for interpretation by two radiologists, cancer detection is significantly improved, especially for invasive cancers. But interpretation times nearly doubled for the combined exam.
Mammo expert Tabár releases breast health book in 3D format
April 12, 2013 -- To bridge the gap between clinicians and to educate women directly, Dr. László Tabár of Falun Central Hospital in Sweden and colleagues have released a new breast health book that includes 3D stereoscopic thick-section histology images for a better understanding of breast morphology.
Automated breast volume unit outpoints handheld ultrasound
April 8, 2013 -- The automated breast volume scanner is a promising diagnostic method with a good interobserver reliability, and it can overcome the limitations of handheld breast ultrasound, German researchers have found in a new study.
Screening reduces late-stage breast cancer rates in Italy
April 2, 2013 -- A study of breast cancer screening in 700 municipalities in Italy during an eight-year period showed that the incidence of late-stage breast cancer declined starting in the third year of screening, an article published online on 15 March in Cancer revealed.
Jury still out on whether DBT can replace 2D mammography
March 28, 2013 -- More evidence is needed before radiologists can determine unequivocally that digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is ready to replace standard digital mammography, according to a literature review published online in the Breast journal. Fortunately, a number of research studies under way could prove that point.
Breast screening and new transducers drive ultrasound growth
March 22, 2013 -- Ultrasound technology has continued to evolve in recent years, providing new solutions that enhance imaging techniques, increase workflow, and improve ease of use. Cost-effective and time-saving solutions are essential to sustain growth in developed healthcare markets.
Radiotherapy boosts heart disease risk in breast cancer patients
March 20, 2013 -- Radiation therapy has played a key role in reducing breast cancer mortality rates, but even at low doses it can increase a woman's risk of heart disease, according to new research from the University of Oxford in the U.K. published on 14 March.
Utilizing MR for dense breasts saves biopsies, money
March 10, 2013 -- VIENNA - Adding dense breasts as a new standard indication for MR mammography in cases with unclear findings could ward off approximately 88% of biopsies and end up saving insurance companies money, according to research presented on Sunday morning at ECR 2013.
Excitement builds over digital breast tomosynthesis
March 10, 2013 -- VIENNA - Will digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) replace mammography for breast cancer screening? The answer depends on how well the modality performs in some forthcoming clinical trials, according to two experts in Sunday's special focus session at ECR 2013.