ABVS rivals MRI in predicting small breast lesions
November 17, 2017 -- Automated breast volume scanning (ABVS) performs better than ultrasound and MRI in predicting breast cancer size for lesions smaller than 2 cm, and it is comparable for lesions of all other sizes, according to Italian researchers.  Discuss
Fresh row develops over breast screening in France
November 14, 2017 -- Breast cancer screening critics are at it again -- this time zeroing in on France. A multinational team has praised changes to breast cancer screening that alter the existing program, such as giving women more information on overdiagnosis, but breast cancer screening advocates strongly disagree, believing that the magnitude of overdiagnosis has been exaggerated.  Discuss
Kuhl: Stop focusing on breast cancer overdiagnosis
October 18, 2017 -- Instead of overdiagnosis, the main problem with breast cancer screening is underdiagnosis, according to breast imaging expert Dr. Christiane Kuhl. Furthermore, breast MRI could be a tool of the future to alleviate this problem, she added.  Discuss
CESM boosts detection of malignant breast lesions
October 12, 2017 -- Compared with conventional mammography alone, contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM) catches an additional 7.7% of lesions in recalled women -- and most of these lesions are malignant, Dutch researchers found. The low risks of using CESM as a workup tool make it a valuable addition to breast cancer care, they added.  Discuss
French radiologists get set to become TV stars
October 6, 2017 -- France's national union of independent radiologists has unveiled a new television advertising campaign to promote breast cancer screening in tandem with Pink October, the country's national breast cancer awareness month.  Discuss
Double reading mammograms: Is it time to stop?
October 4, 2017 -- Double reading of digital mammograms may be a waste of time and money, Spanish researchers have found. The evidence of benefit is "scarce," and double reading seems to increase operational costs without translating into a higher cancer detection rate, they noted.  Discuss
Swiss use computer algorithm to estimate CT fetal dose
September 26, 2017 -- Researchers from Switzerland have developed computer models to estimate the radiation dose to fetuses of pregnant women undergoing CT. The ramifications include better decision-making for doctors and patients, according to the study team.  Discuss
Study: Synthetic 2D compares well with mammography
September 20, 2017 -- Synthetic 2D images derived from digital breast tomosynthesis are comparable with full-field digital mammography (FFDM), according to Spanish researchers. Furthermore, synthetic images could replace FFDM in studies that use both modalities and reduce radiation dose by 45%, they said.  Discuss
Italians find DBT 'modestly' boosts radiation dose
September 7, 2017 -- New research from Italy shows digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) "modestly" increases radiation dose for patients compared with full-field digital mammography (FFDM). However, don't let that be a deterrent in using DBT, the researchers said.  Discuss
Nordic study finds cancer mortality rates have sunk
August 24, 2017 -- Mortality rates for prostate and breast cancers in the Nordic region have declined by between 22% in Finland for prostate cancer and 32% for breast cancer in Norway since the 1990s. The drop is not driven by changes in risk factors but rather by improvements in cancer detection and management, researchers have found.  Discuss