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.
Good follow-up can boost breast screening attendance
May 17, 2017 -- Providing women who miss breast cancer screening appointments with a fixed date and time for their new appointment could improve poor attendance and be a cost-effective way to shift national participation trends, according to a new U.K. analysis that was published on 15 May in Lancet Oncology.
20-year follow-up study shows breast screening works
May 11, 2017 -- A 20-year study of breast cancer in the Netherlands showed mammography screening is associated with a 30% decline in breast cancer mortality in women between the ages of 55 and 79. They also found that the mortality decline began within a couple of years after screening started.
Lancet: Inequalities persist in Israeli healthcare
May 8, 2017 -- Israel's healthcare system provides mostly free core services to 8.5 million citizens. But disparities continue to exist between Israeli Jews and Arabs -- including the use of imaging for disease screening, according to a new report focused on health in Israel and published in the Lancet.
Photon-counting breast CT shows promise
May 1, 2017 -- Tests of a prototype photon-counting detector breast CT scanner show that the system could be useful as an adjunct to low-dose breast CT by separating the energy levels of different types of materials within the breast to assess tissue composition and improve cancer diagnosis.