Do older women benefit from screening mammography?
July 21, 2017 -- Do women benefit from continuing breast screening beyond the age of 70? Australian researchers are questioning whether they do, based on their statistical model that compared screening through age 69 with screening through age 74, according to a study published online on July 10 in the International Journal of Cancer.
For dense breasts, double read DBT and synthesized images
July 10, 2017 -- For women with mammographically negative dense breasts, double reading of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) plus synthesized 2D images is the most accurate of all DBT reading strategies. However, double reading also has the longest reading time, according to new research.
French group announces 9-point plan of action
June 29, 2017 -- France's national union of private radiologists (Fédération Nationale des Médecins Radiologues, FNMR) unveiled its new independent medical imaging project. The plan lists nine major areas on which urgent action is necessary, said FMNR President Dr. Jean-Philippe Masson.
MRI + mammography detects recurrent breast cancer
June 29, 2017 -- Adding MRI to mammography improves the detection of recurrent breast cancer in women who have been treated for the disease, according to a study published on June 22 in JAMA Oncology. What's more, MRI appears to be a better option than ultrasound as an adjunct to mammography.
DBT surpasses FFDM in finding breast tumor margins
June 22, 2017 -- When it comes to tumor margins in specimen radiography, digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is king, according to a new study from Germany. The researchers found DBT tops full-field digital mammography (FFDM) in identifying the closest tumor margin and has higher sensitivity for assessing margin status.
PET/optical combo can guide breast-conserving surgery
June 12, 2017 -- Researchers are reporting early success in the combination of optical and molecular imaging to view FDG-PET images that detect early-stage breast cancer. The technique can assess tumor margins during breast tumor surgery by detecting light emitted from an FDG-PET radiopharmaceutical.
Breast density software proves reliability
June 9, 2017 -- Breast imaging software can be reliable in estimating the local glandular tissue distribution in mammograms and can be used for assessment and follow-up, according to Spanish researchers. In addition, the software can handle small variations of the acquisition angle and to the beam energy.
Visual aid pinpoints women at high risk of breast cancer
June 2, 2017 -- A new chart developed in Iran can help physicians identify women who are at high risk for breast cancer. Doing so could make a breast cancer screening program more efficient and productive, suggested the researchers who developed the chart.
MRI shows true value in invasive placenta
May 22, 2017 -- Further evidence of MRI's ability to confirm suspected placental anomalies or to assist in cases of equivocal ultrasound findings has come from Saudi Arabia. A study of pregnant women found that noncontrast MRI is a sensitive diagnostic test for detecting invasive placenta.
No. 1 reason Maltese women avoid breast screening: Fear
May 19, 2017 -- Fear is the top reason Maltese women avoid breast cancer screening, according to a new survey. To increase screening uptake, these women's fears must be addressed, although informing them about causes of breast cancer and its related risk factors would help too, the researchers found.