Report: Staffing crisis faces U.K. breast screening
April 22, 2016 -- A new report is predicting a crisis in staffing for breast cancer screening services in the U.K. In a study released on 21 April, researchers describe the country's breast screening program as already understaffed and facing worsening personnel problems in the coming years.
Which breast images do radiologists look at the longest?
April 22, 2016 -- Radiologists spend significantly more time observing mediolateral oblique (MLO) breast images and right images, according to Irish research using eye-tracking software. This knowledge may be useful to help remove any interpretation differences and as a feedback tool.
Abbreviated breast MR rivals standard protocol
April 18, 2016 -- An abbreviated breast MR protocol represents a time-saving method with the same diagnostic potential as the standard protocol for characterizing breast lesions, according to Italian researchers. The abbreviated protocol can cut postprocessing time, they say.
Spectral data enrich mammography
April 15, 2016 -- Spectral mammography could help reduce breast cancer screening recalls by distinguishing solid lesions from cysts, said researchers from Sweden and the U.K. who have developed a new method to measure the energy-dependent x-ray attenuation of tissue.
DBT plus FFDM boosts invasive cancer detection rates
April 7, 2016 -- A new literature review published in The Breast has confirmed that adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to breast screening with full-field digital mammography (FFDM) boosts invasive cancer detection rates, and it may reduce recall and false-positive rates as well.
Large Egyptian study shows breast cancer, density link
April 6, 2016 -- A study encompassing more than 100,000 women in Egypt has confirmed that an increase in mammographic breast density -- based on the American College of Radiology classifications -- is associated with a heightened risk of breast cancer.
MRI tops ultrasound in predicting preterm births
March 25, 2016 -- By using MRI to evaluate pregnant women with a short cervix on ultrasound, obstetricians can better predict if the expectant mother will give birth prematurely, according to a new study published online March 15 in Radiology.
Synthetic 2D 'surprises' top U.K. breast team
March 22, 2016 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is not all it's cracked up to be in results that researchers from Cambridge, U.K., have called "surprising." The technique's preferred when assessing lesion visibility and extent and also when discriminating between malignant and benign lesions, but synthetic 2D is proving superior when viewing microcalcifications.
Ultrasound tops tomo in dense breasts -- or not?
March 10, 2016 -- Ultrasound has an edge in sensitivity over digital breast tomosynthesis as an accompaniment to standard 2D mammography in women with dense breast tissue. But better sensitivity may not be enough to make ultrasound the gold standard for these women, according to a study presented at the European Breast Cancer Conference.
Top 5 trends from ECR 2016 in Vienna
March 9, 2016 -- As the European radiological community draws a collective breath from ECR 2016, it's a perfect time to reflect on the meeting and identify the major trends affecting medical imaging. Here are five central themes that circulated the halls of the Austria Center Vienna at this year's congress.