Breast screening proves most effective in women over 65
November 23, 2020 -- The effect of breast screening is stronger and longer-lasting in women who are 65 and over, but it remains highly relevant for younger women, according to new data from England published on 23 November in the British Journal of Cancer.  Discuss
Could 4D MRI be a major leap forward for fetal imaging?
November 18, 2020 -- Scientists from King's College London have used 4D MRI to measure volumetric blood flow. They reconstructed multiple 3D images into cine loops that simulate fetal heartbeats.  Discuss
10 golden rules on ultrasound hygiene
November 16, 2020 -- Infection prevention and control measures for ultrasound must be implemented to avoid contamination, and this includes rules on hand hygiene, decontamination of machines, and regular deep cleaning of the ultrasound room's surfaces and ancillary equipment, according to a European Society of Radiology position statement.  Discuss
Italians show DBT detects more early-stage breast cancers
November 13, 2020 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) pinpoints more cancers than digital mammography at repeat screening and finds a lower number of stage II and higher cancers, according to a large Italian study. The results suggest DBT depicts cancer that might soon become advanced, said Dr. Francesca Caumo from the Veneto Institute of Oncology in Padua.  Discuss
U.K. research team shines a light on risks of HRT
November 10, 2020 -- A University of Nottingham study published in the BMJ has confirmed the risks of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), especially for formulations that contain progesterone. It has also indicated that the risk of developing breast cancer is higher for women in their 70s and those with long-term use.  Discuss
Cancer delays: Counting COVID-19's hidden costs
November 9, 2020 -- A patient whose cancer treatment is delayed by even one month can face a mortality risk of up to 13% higher, a Canadian and U.K. study has found. The investigation, published online by the BMJ, was triggered by concerns about delays to cancer diagnosis and therapy during the pandemic.  Discuss
What effect does fatigue have on reading breast scans?
October 26, 2020 -- U.K. researchers have found that increased blinking -- often a key indicator of visual fatigue -- occurs after examining 20 digital breast tomosynthesis cases. Taking a break after 20 reports may help to eliminate mistakes, they suggest.  Discuss
New research highlights progress in residual breast cancer
October 20, 2020 -- Image-guided biopsy of the tumor bed or residual abnormalities found on imaging after neoadjuvant chemotherapy is gaining popularity as a predictive tool for assessing residual cancer. The technique can help to identify exceptional treatment responders for de-escalation of local therapy, an international study has found.  Discuss
Women express caution about trusting breast AI
October 19, 2020 -- A research group from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands surveyed more than 900 Dutch women in April 2020 to gauge their attitudes on using artificial intelligence (AI) for interpretation of screening mammograms. Over 75% of women didn't approve of standalone use of AI without a radiologist.  Discuss
Spanish team shines light on future breast cancer risk
October 16, 2020 -- Women with benign breast disease found after their first mammogram or with breast tissue with a proliferative presentation have a much higher risk of developing breast cancer than their peers, researchers from Barcelona, Spain, have reported.  Discuss