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Mammo skeptics make new bid to stop U.K. breast screening trial
September 16, 2014 -- A U.K. clinical trial examining whether mammography screening should be offered to a broader range of women must be halted due to ethical and medical concerns, according to a letter published today in BMJ by a group of longtime opponents to breast screening. But not everyone agrees.
Forget breast screening for women 70 and older, Dutch say
September 15, 2014 -- Routine breast cancer screening should not be performed on a large scale in women older than age 70 until more data are available, according to Dutch researchers who conducted a trial of more than 38,000 women. The prospective study, published online on 15 September, has attracted an angry response from some experts.
Breast screening controversies spark debate at ICR 2014
September 10, 2014 -- DUBAI - Greater consideration should be given to a woman's total quality of life in the breast screening debate. That was the take-home message of a keynote lecture by Dr. Rola Shaheen at this week's International Congress of Radiology (ICR 2014).
Single-view DBT + DM protocol boosts mammography sensitivity
September 10, 2014 -- A breast screening protocol that combines single-view digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) with single-view 2D digital mammography (DM) had higher sensitivity for detecting breast cancer than two-view 2D digital mammography, with just a slight increase in radiation dose, according to a new study in European Radiology.
Europeans balance pros and cons of relocating to Middle East
September 3, 2014 -- Lucrative financial packages in the Gulf States, along with the prospect of a high-quality lifestyle, continue to attract radiologists to the Middle East, but there are trade-offs to be aware of when working in the region. Radiologists from Austria and Italy share their experiences and know-how.
CAD with single reader works for breast screening, Spanish say
September 2, 2014 -- An institution in Spain has adopted single reading with computer-aided detection (CAD) software to screen for breast cancer in light of recent study results indicating that it works just as well as double reading with arbitration. The only caveat is the readers must be experienced radiologists.
Shorter scan protocol could make breast MRI screening a reality
August 26, 2014 -- Breast MRI pioneer Dr. Christiane Kuhl has demonstrated that an abbreviated scanning protocol of just three minutes could make breast MRI a reality for population-based screening. The protocol worked well in a research study of more than 400 women that was published in the August issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Specialist certification gets easier in Germany
August 22, 2014 -- Changes to the training system are having major implications for radiologists in Germany. In this interview, Dr. Reinhard Loose, PhD, head of the Radiological Protection Commission Working Group of the German Radiological Society, discusses the certification requirements introduced in summer 2012.
CT proves value for pulmonary embolism in pregnancy
August 7, 2014 -- A relatively large U.K. study has provided fresh evidence that CT pulmonary angiograms result in positive outcomes when diagnosing pulmonary embolism in pregnant women, for whom the incidence of venous thromboembolism is four times greater than in the nonpregnant population.
Standard mammography image processing best for calcifications
August 5, 2014 -- Standard image processing algorithms help mammography detect calcification clusters more effectively than low-contrast or film-screen algorithms and could reduce false positives, according to a U.K. study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Dutch use registration scheme to tackle 'missing structures'
August 1, 2014 -- Adding a geometrical penalty term to a nonrigid registration algorithm allows registration of structurally dissimilar medical images, according to new research from Utrecht in the Netherlands.
Radiology interpretation performance may slip late in sessions
July 30, 2014 -- Radiologists may take less time to interpret images and see changes in their performance over the course of a long reading session, according to analysis from Warwick, U.K. But it's not clear if that dynamic represents an actual clinical concern or merely effects attributable to the study designs.
Statistics plain and simple: Is there such a thing?
July 30, 2014 -- The lively debate over screening mammography has highlighted the importance of statistics, but many authors use the wrong methods, draw general conclusions from a small number of case studies, and confuse correlation and causation. The Maverinck investigates.
New chief of German breast group faces full agenda
July 28, 2014 -- Dr. Markus Müller-Schimpfle is the new chair of the Breast Imaging Working Group of the German Radiological Society. In this article, he maps out the challenges he envisages during his time in office. He is keen to ensure Europe does not blindly adopt every idea to come out of the U.S.
Belgians find subtle changes after mammography goes digital
July 25, 2014 -- After a Belgian breast screening program went digital, researchers found subtle differences in performance between digital and analog mammography systems. One of them was a major difference in radiation dose, based on whether sites used digital or computed radiography.
FFDM study not needed with contrast mammography exam
July 11, 2014 -- A separate full-field digital mammography (FFDM) study may not be necessary when performing contrast-enhanced digital mammography exams, as the low-energy image may be sufficient for interpretation, according to a new European Journal of Radiology study. This ultimately means a reduction in patient dose.

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