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Women find DBT comparable to standard mammography
April 11, 2014 -- The benefits of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) have received a lot of press coverage, but what is less well-known is how women feel about the modality. Norwegian researchers discovered that women receiving DBT didn't find it to be more painful than standard mammography, nor were they concerned about its radiation health effects.
Reboot recommended on breast screening debate
April 10, 2014 -- It's time for both sides of the mammography screening debate to drop the same old arguments and start thinking about the problem of breast cancer in new ways, according to two opinion papers from Switzerland and the U.S.
Breast cancer radiotherapy boosts lung cancer risk
April 5, 2014 -- Women treated for breast cancer have a small but significantly higher risk of developing lung cancer, according to a large study presented at the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology meeting in Vienna.
Digital mammography causes less 'harm' than film-screen
April 3, 2014 -- Screening for breast cancer with digital rather than film-screen mammography lowers recall and biopsy rates, suggesting that the technology causes less "harm" to women and the healthcare system in the form of overdiagnosis or unnecessary biopsies, according to a new Norwegian study published online on 1 April.
NHS trial: One-third of women need frequent mammograms
March 28, 2014 -- A large study from the U.K.'s National Health Service (NHS) has found that breast cancer screening every three years is fine for about 70% of women -- but that the other 30% should undergo more frequent mammograms, according to a presentation at the recent European Breast Cancer Conference.
DBT with mammography substantially improves specificity
March 27, 2014 -- Using digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) in combination with full-field digital mammography (FFDM) delivers a "substantial" improvement in specificity and a small improvement in sensitivity, according to researchers from Cambridge, U.K.
MR-guided focused US: A therapy revolution?
March 14, 2014 -- MR-guided focused ultrasound has the potential to become one of the most exciting and revolutionary treatment technologies of the 21st century, according to presenters at an ECR 2014 scientific session. They highlighted the technique's capability to improve treatment of a wide range of medical conditions.
New BI-RADS uncouples assessment and management
March 11, 2014 -- VIENNA - The fifth edition of the BI-RADS atlas has been released, and while there have been several changes, perhaps the most important is the uncoupling of the assessment category and management recommendation, according to presenters at an ECR 2014 session on Sunday afternoon.
Multidisciplinary teams offer results in breast cancer management
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - Multidisciplinary team meetings will become more commonplace and probably crucial in patient management, such as for breast cancer cases, according to Italian researchers. In a Saturday session at ECR 2014, a radiologist, surgeon, pathologist, and others explained why they think multidisciplinary team meetings are the wave of the future.
Use MRI to diagnose PIP breast implant ruptures, Dutch say
March 8, 2014 -- VIENNA - MRI has high accuracy in diagnosing rupture in silicone breast implants, ECR 2014 delegates learned on Saturday morning. This is particularly useful as many women are being imaged regardless of symptoms due to the recent recall of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) silicone breast implants.
'Opportunity' knocking for women demanding mammograms
March 7, 2014 -- VIENNA - Opportunistic screening accounts for nearly a quarter of all referred mammograms in the Netherlands. And contrary to expectations, there is no difference among age groups, delegates at ECR 2014 learned on Friday morning.
New radiographers outperform older counterparts at breast positioning
March 7, 2014 -- VIENNA - Older does not connote wiser, at least in the case of breast radiographers. In a surprising study from the Netherlands presented on Thursday at ECR 2014, researchers found that new radiographers performed better than experienced ones in terms of breast positioning.
Austria launches nationwide breast cancer detection program
March 6, 2014 -- VIENNA - The Austrian Roentgen Society can look back to a successful year with various positive developments. The most important radiology initiative in Austria last year, however, was the planning and launch of the Austrian Breast Cancer Early Detection Programme, notes Dr. Michael Fuchsjäger of the Medical University of Graz.
Monitor breast screening on the local level, Dutch say
February 28, 2014 -- Researchers have found significant variations in the performance of pairs of radiologists assigned to double read screening mammograms in a breast cancer screening program in the Netherlands. The findings emphasize the importance of monitoring radiologist performance on a local scale, they concluded.
We do not want to go back to the Dark Ages of breast screening
February 12, 2014 -- The publication of long-term follow-up results in BMJ from the Canadian National Breast Screening Study has revived an ongoing debate over the methods used in the trial. In this Second Opinion article, Dr. László Tabár of the University of Uppsala presents his view of the study.