Sentinel node technique avoids radical surgery, radiation exposure
October 23, 2014 -- Dutch researchers believe they have confirmed the accuracy and safety of a new sentinel node procedure that injects radiotracers in ligaments of women with epithelial ovarian cancer, helping them avoid more invasive, radical surgery.
Consent problems hold back fetal autopsies
October 15, 2014 -- Global researchers who are eager to gain experience in fetal autopsies using CT and MRI are facing immense frustration due to ongoing difficulties over obtaining consent, and one investigator reports being "hamstrung" by the procedures and bureaucracy of ethics committees.
Spanish dismiss digital mammo's overdiagnosis risk
October 14, 2014 -- In a new 16-year study, Spanish researchers have found that switching to full-field digital mammography (FFDM) leads to early diagnosis, not overdiagnosis. The group found that cancer detection rates did not increase when compared with film-screen mammography, but going digital did lead to an increase in ductal carcinoma in situ detection rates.
Dual-energy CT develops greater role in brachytherapy
October 10, 2014 -- A group of Canadian and Dutch researchers has developed a brachytherapy dosimetry method that accounts for dose heterogeneity. They have used dual-energy CT to extract these parameters, and the treatment is proving valuable in early stage prostate or breast cancer.
New studies underline promise of digital breast tomosynthesis
September 25, 2014 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is superior to conventional digital mammography when detecting breast cancer in women with dense breasts, according to research presented at this month's International Congress of Radiology. DBT also has an edge for the characterization of masses.
Mammo skeptics make new bid to stop U.K. breast screening trial
September 16, 2014 -- A U.K. clinical trial examining whether mammography screening should be offered to a broader range of women must be halted due to ethical and medical concerns, according to a letter published in BMJ by a group of longtime opponents to breast screening. But not everyone agrees.
Forget breast screening for women 70 and older, Dutch say
September 15, 2014 -- Routine breast cancer screening should not be performed on a large scale in women older than age 70 until more data are available, according to Dutch researchers who conducted a trial of more than 38,000 women. The prospective study, published online on 15 September, has attracted an angry response from some experts.
Breast screening controversies spark debate at ICR 2014
September 10, 2014 -- DUBAI - Greater consideration should be given to a woman's total quality of life in the breast screening debate. That was the take-home message of a keynote lecture by Dr. Rola Shaheen at this week's International Congress of Radiology (ICR 2014).
Single-view DBT + DM protocol boosts mammography sensitivity
September 10, 2014 -- A breast screening protocol that combines single-view digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) with single-view 2D digital mammography (DM) had higher sensitivity for detecting breast cancer than two-view 2D digital mammography, with just a slight increase in radiation dose, according to a new study in European Radiology.
Europeans balance pros and cons of relocating to Middle East
September 3, 2014 -- Lucrative financial packages in the Gulf States, along with the prospect of a high-quality lifestyle, continue to attract radiologists to the Middle East, but there are trade-offs to be aware of when working in the region. Radiologists from Austria and Italy share their experiences and know-how.