Pelvic MRI for endometriosis can be performed anytime
August 24, 2015 -- Endometriosis patients may be assessed with pelvic MRI at any time -- even during menstruation, according to a new study in the European Journal of Radiology. The researchers found no differences in the conspicuity, size, or extent of endometriotic disease at any point in a woman's cycle.
Russia's limits on x-ray and other imports set to expand
August 12, 2015 -- Russia is preparing to impose new restrictions on the purchase of imported medical equipment and supplies, adding to the limits on foreign-made x-ray machines and other devices that were enacted earlier this year. The country's safety rules also may be updated soon.
U.S. team finds favor with new PEM unit
August 7, 2015 -- A positron emission mammography (PEM) unit developed in Spain offers key advantages for breast imaging, according to a U.S. team that has been testing it. The unit offers better resolution than whole-body PET, and it may prove more useful than molecular breast imaging using technetium-99m sestamibi.
New light shed on triple-negative breast cancer
August 6, 2015 -- Watch out for triple-negative breast cancer as it will often demonstrate benign morphological features on ultrasound, researchers from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia have found. Biopsies should still be performed unless the lesion is clearly a cyst or typical fibroadenoma, they insist.
Kalender: Tell your patients about CT's benefits, not risks
August 5, 2015 -- CT is thriving, and instead of informing patients about the risk of radiation-induced cancer, now's the time to emphasize the upside of undergoing an examination, according to CT pioneer Willi Kalender, PhD. Tell them CT saves lives, he said in a special lecture.
Belgian hospital reviews CT dose in pregnant patients
August 3, 2015 -- CT use in pregnant women is climbing, but are good clinical practices being followed, especially when it comes to radiation dose? The answer is mostly yes, at least at one Belgian hospital, which found that radiation dose met guidelines despite a threefold increase in scans in the last few years.
DBT boosts mammo's specificity, lowers recall rate
July 31, 2015 -- Adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to conventional mammography boosted the specificity of breast screening and cut the recall of women with benign lesions by more than half in a new study published in Radiology. DBT plus mammography also showed sensitivity gains in some groups of women.
Mammography screening at 40 works, Lancet study finds
July 27, 2015 -- There is indeed a reduction in breast cancer mortality as a result of mammography screening in women who start getting exams at age 40 -- at least in the first 10 years of follow-up, according to a new study in Lancet Oncology that followed women for 17 years.
Still using CR for breast cancer? Time to rethink
July 20, 2015 -- It's time to think again about the use of computed radiography (CR) detectors when it comes to spotting breast cancer, U.K. researchers have found. In their study, digital radiography (DR) performed significantly better than CR for identifying calcification clusters and noncalcification lesions.
Dutch researchers launch DENSE breast MR trial
July 16, 2015 -- It's well-known that mammography is less effective in women with dense breast tissue. But what hasn't been established is which supplemental modality is best for these women. Dutch researchers have launched a trial to study the use of MRI in addition to mammography for screening women with dense breast tissue.