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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.
4-scan PET/MRI exams improve breast imaging
July 7, 2014 -- Austrian researchers added PET/CT to a package of three MRI sequences to create fused PET/MR images, which they found aided in the differentiation of suspicious breast lesions, according to a new study published online in Clinical Cancer Research.
Cash injection brings teleradiology progress in Turkey
July 3, 2014 -- A network of 100 mobile mammography units is due to be deployed across Turkey within the next year as part of a 183 million euro teleradiology screening project. Dr. Utku Şenol, president of the Turkish Medical Informatics Association, speaks about this and other developments.
'Priming' doesn't work for mammograms, study finds
June 26, 2014 -- When it comes to breast cancer screening, inserting additional malignant cases into datasets of screening mammograms may lead to a decrease in the performance of experienced breast radiologists, according to a new study in the British Journal of Radiology.
Norwegians seek to add clarity to breast screening dispute
June 17, 2014 -- An invitation to participate in breast cancer screening reduces cancer death risk by 28%, according to a new study by researchers from Norway and published in BMJ. Mammography screening experts have called the study "thorough," "accurate," and "refreshingly free" of hysteria; an accompanying editorial, however, is not, they said.
Synthesized 2D images dramatically reduce DBT radiation dose
June 17, 2014 -- Breast imagers reading 2D images synthetically reconstructed from digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) data had comparable performance to those reading conventional 2D mammography and DBT scans for breast cancer screening, while exposing women to less radiation dose, according to Norwegian researchers.
UKRC: How to achieve success with fetal MRI
June 12, 2014 -- MANCHESTER - There's a great need to optimize and standardize patient care and imaging parameters to realize fetal MRI's potential, avoid unnecessary repeat examinations and improve image quality and efficiency, according to research presented at this week's U.K. Radiological Congress (UKRC).
Mammography breast density measurements need modifying
June 10, 2014 -- Standard breast density measurement thresholds derived from film-screen mammography don't port over well to full-field digital mammography (FFDM). Using breast density assessment software, however, Canadian researchers have found that lower percentage cut points for FFDM yielded comparable prognostic power.
Intervention, youth, breast MRI dominate agenda at DRK
June 4, 2014 -- The latest developments in breast MRI and interventional radiology were among the highlights of the 95th congress of the German Society of Radiology (DRK), and Drs. Christiane Kuhl and Thomas Helbich were two key speakers, writes AuntMinnieEurope.com's editorial adviser Dr. Matthias Dietzel.
FDG-PET/MRI fusion differentiates breast masses
June 2, 2014 -- While breast MRI is highly sensitive for breast cancer, its specificity can be a little lackluster. Fusing FDG-PET and breast MRI can help, however, Brazilian researchers reported in an article published online on 27 May in the European Journal of Radiology.
DRK: Study shows MRI supports detection of endometriomas
May 30, 2014 -- HAMBURG - MRI can be used to detect endometriomas, difficult-to-detect cells from the lining of the uterus found outside the uterine cavity, and also guide surgical intervention, according to a presentation from the 95th congress of the German Society of Radiology (DRK).
Mammography's roots and its long-running controversy
May 22, 2014 -- Today's debate over the value of breast screening is nothing new. Controversy has dogged mammography almost since the technique was invented. Otha Linton looks back at the early days of mammography in the U.S., including the influence of French radiologist Dr. Jean Pierre Bataini.